Penstemon, Scarlet Bugler - Penstemon barbatus

(Golden-beard Penstemon, Beardlip Penstemon, Beard Tongue, Scarlet Bugler, (Spanish: pichelitos, jarritos)

Family: (Plantaginaceae) Native


In front of Visitor Center (N35D33'00.660 X W105D41'10.392)

Flowers first observed: 6/21/17

The Plant w/Flowers

The Flowers


"Found on a rocky to sandy soil from 4,000-10,000 ft (1219-3048 m); flowers June-October." (SEINet)

"The Four Corners states, and far west Texas. Canyons, hillsides, semideserts." (American Southwest)


"Perennial herb 30-110 cm tall, stems few from a stout, short-branched caudex, glabrous, ascending to erect, internodes often remote. Leaves: Blades 2-10 cm long, 1-20 mm wide, entire, glabrous, glabrate, or lower puberulent, basal ones spatulate to broadly oblanceolate, petioled, upper sublinear to filiform, sessile. Flowers: Inflorescence glabrous, secund, of 3-7 verticels, these remote, making the inflorescence wand-like; pedicels slender, ascending with cymes of 1-2 flowers; calyx 3-5 mm long, glabrous, the lobes ovate, obtuse to acute, sometimes apiculate, mostly entire, more or less scarious-margined, corolla 25-35 mm long, scarlet, glabrous externally, sometimes long pubescent on the palate, distinctly bilabiate, upper lip projecting and lower lip reflexed, anthers long-exserted. Fruits: Septicidal capsule." (SEINet)

Ethnobotanical Uses


"Taken for menstrual pain and stomachache, applied to burns, taken for cough, as a life medicine, for help in childbirth, as a veterinary aid, used as a magic medicine, taken as a diuretic, a hunting medicine, for decoration, and ceremonially." (SEINet)

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