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Penstemon labrous

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Penstemon labrous
Penstemon labrous

Species Name: Penstemon labrosus
Common Name: San Gabriel Penstemon or Rabbit Ears

Spreads by creeping rootstocks. Unusual flower for a Penstemon. Good high elevation penstemon; tough. Prefers acidic soils and freezing temperatures.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Low, mat-forming
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Infrequent to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Red-orange
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Transverse and Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Juniper/Pinyon woodland, Pine and mixed hardwood forests from 4500-7500'

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