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Shasta Beardtongue (Penstemon shastensis)

  • Global Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Plantaginaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 153589
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 12/15/2020

Where is Shasta Beardtongue (Penstemon shastensis) located in the wild?

States & Provinces:

Shasta Beardtongue can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Shasta Beardtongue (Penstemon shastensis)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Angela Pai
  • 09/19/2023
  • Seed Collection

The California Native Plant Society collected fresh seeds of the Shasta beardtongue, Penstemon heterodoxus var. shastensis, in 2023 for the IMLS Seed Longevity from a wild population at the CalTrans Grass Lake Rest Area in Siskiyou County. We had previously surveyed this population on June 10, 2021. Plants were growing around a gravel path in a pet relief area. The population extends onto private property on the other side of a fence, which we did not have access to. We returned to collect seeds from this population on July 24, 2023.

Center for Plant Conservation
  • 08/19/2021
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

In 2021, CPC contracted the California Native Plant Society to recollect seed from a population currently held in long term orthodox seed storage as part of an IMLS-funded seed longevity experiment. The National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation will evaluate how germination tested viability and RNA Integrity of seed lots decline over time in storage.

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 1 accessions of Penstemon heterodoxus var. shastensis in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 26280 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden has collected 1 seed accessions of Penstemon heterodoxus var. shastensis from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass an unknown number of maternal plants


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Taxon Penstemon shastensis
Authority Keck
Family Plantaginaceae
CPC Number 12017
ITIS 33994
Duration Perennial
Common Names
Associated Scientific Names Penstemon shastensis
State Rank
State State Rank
California S3
Ecological Relationships


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