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11 March 2013

Narrow Leaf Penstemon, A Colorado Wildflower

Penstemon is a very large genus of North American wildflowers also known as beardtongue. I have found the narrow leaf variety growing all over the foothills and plains of Colorado wherever sandy soil is found. Besides being a pretty flower that is very hardy and drought tolerent it was believed that Native Americans used penstemon roots to relieve toothaches.

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. -- Theodore Roethke

narrowleaf penstemon comes in many hues of purple, lavender, violet, and amethyst

This narrow leaf penstemon comes in many hues of purple, lavender, violet, and amethyst.
Colorado Wildflower

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  1. Gorgeous! I've got some pink ones in my yard!. Julie, this looks more like a painting!

    1. Thanks Kalei! I changed the background to compliment the flower. I think it makes it pop!

  2. Beautiful... Such a pretty color.

  3. I liked watching it go on and on as I scrolled down. How tall does it grow? It's beautiful; and like your first commenter said, it looks like a painting.

    1. Thanks Anita! It does grow pretty tall depending on how much water it gets. I've seen them anywhere from about 12 to 24 inches.


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