procerus var. formosus
procerus var. formosus is a delightful miniature penstemon
suitable for growing in a trough. It's hard to capture the intensity of
electric blue flowers and even darker blue buds, they seem impossibly
blue, even with the purplish back to the floral tubes. Flowers early
mid May, less than 2" (5 cm) in flower. The variety formosus
similar to P. procerus var. tolmiei, except that in formosus there
is usually just a single verticillaster (whorl) of bloom, versus 2-3
verticillasters of bloom in var. tolmiei.
This plant came mislabeled as Penstemon procerus v. pulchellus, but there is
no such combination. The misidentification has it's roots in
where the corrupted name P. pulchellus, or the misapplied name
P. campanulatus pulchellus (a tall red to purple flowered Mexican species)
was applied to this tiny alpine form of Penstemon procerus from
California and adjacent Nevada.
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(taken May 2002)
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