Taper-leaved penstemon attenuatus Douglas ex Lindl

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Plant Guide


Penstemon attenuatus Douglas ex Lindl.

Plant Symbol = PEAT3

Contributed by: NRCS Plant Materials Center, Pullman, WA

Penstemon attenuatus. Pamela Pavek

Alternate Names

Common Alternate Names: taper-leaf penstemon, sulphur penstemon, sulphur beardtongue (P. attenuatus var. palustris), south Idaho penstemon (P. attenuatus var. militaris), small penstemon (P. attenuatus var. pseudoprocerus)
Scientific Alternate Names: None


Pollinator habitat: Penstemon attenuatus is a source of pollen and nectar for a variety of bees, including honey bees and native bumble bees, as well as butterflies and moths.

Bumble bee visiting a Penstemon attenuatus flower. Pamela Pavek

Rangeland diversification: This plant can be included in seeding mixtures to improve the diversity of rangelands.
Ornamental: Penstemon attenuatus is very attractive and easy to manage as an ornamental in urban, water-saving landscapes. Rugged Country Plants (2012) recommends placing P. attenuatus in the back row of a perennial bed, in rock gardens and on embankments. It is hardy to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4 (Rugged Country Plants 2012).


Please consult the PLANTS Web site and your State Department of Natural Resources for this plant’s current status (e.g., threatened or endangered species, state noxious status, and wetland indicator values).

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