Blowout Penstemon

(Penstemon haydenii)

General Information:

Blowout Penstemon's decline has been attributed to the decline of disturbances. Large bison herds and wildfire made the sands vulnerable to blowing and shifting winds. The winds create the blowouts or open sand areas the penstemon seed in.

Population Status:
Over the past 20 years, Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge populations have fluctuated from a high of 2,058 plants to a low of 329 plants. Presently the numbers are declining to between 1,500 to 2,000 plants.

Learn more about the endangered Blowout Penstemon on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Species Profile page. 

Facts About Blowout Penstemon


Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)

Known only from the Sandhills region of Nebraska.

Loose sand; usually in or on the margins of blowouts.