Thursday, December 11, 2008

Penstemon palmerii, Palmer's Penstemon

This is a great specimen located at the parking lot exit at the visitor's center at the Dead Horse Point near Moab, Utah. Penstemon palmerii or Palmer's Penstemon. It is very tough. Here a seed was lodged in a crack of the asphalt, and began to grow. There are very drought tolerant. It is one of the few penstemons that have an order. Walking past patch of them is a pleasant olephactory experinece. They are a welcome plant in the landscape. Over water them and they get root rot and die.

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