Penstemon, Rocky Mountain - Penstemon strictus

Family: (Plantaginaceae) - Native


Outside rear of Visitor Center (N35D33'02.771 X W105D41'10.518)

Flowers first observed: 6/14/17

Plants w/Flowers

The Flowers


"This flower is native to the region from southern Wyoming and western Colorado south to northeastern Arizona and northern New Mexico[1] with an isolated population in Mono County, California[3] It is found in piñon-juniper woods, with scrub oak, or in open areas in ponderosa pine and spruce-aspen forest, often associated with sagebrush.[1]" (Wikipedia)


"This species is a herbaceous perennial with a few stems rising nearly straight up from a thick crown. The leaves are long and narrow, with stem leaves smaller and especially narrower than the basal leaves. The leaves are entire and smooth, or possibly downy near the petiole. The inflorescence is a spike (technically a thyrse of 4 to 10 verticillasters). The corolla is 24 to 32 mm (1 to 1.5 inches) long, deep blue with a violet tube, and smooth.[1] The two upper petals point straight along the tube, like a porch roof (hence the seldom-used name "porch penstemon").[2] The seed capsules are 8 to 13 mm long.[1]" (Wikipedia)

Ethnobotanical Uses

No specific use recorded

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