Penstemon, James - Penstemon jamesii

(James' Beardtongue, James Penstemon)

 Family: Plantain (Plantaginaceae)  - Native


In church courtyard (N35D32'58.571 X W105D41'20.712)

Flowers first observed: 6/7/17

Plant w/Flowers

The Flower


"USA:  CO ,  KS ,  NM ,  TX 
Native Distribution: Extreme s.w.  KS, s.e.  CO & s.  UT, s. to w.  TX & n.  AZ 
Native Habitat: Mesas; limestone hills; pinyon-juniper & pondersona pine associations" (


"Grows to 1 1/2ft with flowers growing crowded on one side of the stem. The narrow lance-shaped leaves are bluish-green and can have smooth, wavy or toothed edges. Flowers have a broad throat which is broader than it is high with prominent purplish streaks. Flowers can be pinkish, pale lavender to violet-blue." (Rocky Mountains Flora)

Ethnobotanical Uses


"Navajo, Kayenta Emetic and Pediatric Aid Plant used as an emetic and lotion to purify a newborn infant before nursing. Navajo, Ramah Analgesic Cold, compound infusion of plant taken for headache caused by hunting. Ceremonial Medicine Plant used ceremonially for headache and sore throat. Throat Aid Cold infusion taken and used as a lotion for sore throat." (Moerman 384)

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