Thursday, June 9, 2011

foothill penstemon ~ 06/09/11 ~ Pinnacles

foothill penstemon
Penstemon heterophyllus var. heterophyllus
Plantaginaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae)

The detail of this flower with its curved stamens is amazing. It's like a 4 gun salute to the army of bees found at Pinnacles. Interesting to note, the buds are yellow, which I barely captured in the first pic (click on it to see a larger version). While this species is common throughout the state (with 3 subspecies), this is the first time I've noticed this plant.


Allison said...

Lovely lavendar colors. :)

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks, Allison. It's amazing how many lavender-colored flowers were out for the beginning of summer heat.

phyte club katie said...

I love looking inside penstemons. It's like a crazy little reproductive world in there.