Penstemon gormanii Greene
Gorman's penstemon (Gorman's beardtongue)
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Adolf Ceska     (Photo ID #5532)


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Distribution of Penstemon gormanii
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a branching woody stem-base atop a taproot; stems several, tufted, ascending to erect, 10-50 cm tall, smooth below, hairy to glandular-hairy above especially in the inflorescence.
Opposite, entire or obscurely toothed; basal leaves oblong-spoon-shaped and stalked, smooth; stem leaves narrowly lanceolate to oblong, unstalked, the upper leaves somewhat glandular-hairy.
Inflorescence a leafy-bracted, terminal cluster of several whorls of stalked flowers; corollas pale violet to purplish or pinkish, rarely white, tubular, 2-3 cm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip 2-lobed, the lower lip 3-lobed, the lobes hairy inside; calyces 7-11 mm long, densely hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes nearly distinct, lanceolate, pointy-tipped; fertile stamens 4, the anthers horseshoe-shaped, smooth; sterile stamen bearded more than half its length.
Capsules, elliptic, abruptly long pointy-tipped, 6-10 mm long; seeds numerous.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Penstemon gormanii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
710 710 710
Slope Gradient (%)
70 70 70

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

210 210 210
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in


Habitat and Range

Dry rocky slopes, sand dunes, sandy or gravelly river terraces, clearings and cutbanks in the montane zone; rare in N BC; N to AK, YT and NT.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia