Jan. 26, 2018

beardlip penstemon, Penstemon barbatus

This one is outstanding in its field. You just can't pass it by, and neither can the hummingbirds it is so devoted to. Most penstemons are shades of blue, purple or white. Beardlip has found that you get a much bigger share of those birds if you're red. Years ago, on a drive down Phanton Canyon, the show put on by beardlip penstemons and their birds was unforgettable. Breardlip with its inch and a half flowers grows in AZ, CO, MA (garden escape), NM, TX, and UT. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Montrose Co CO, 6/21/13.