Sunday, June 18, 2006

Bumble-Bee Penstemon

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Another view of Penstemon grinnellii showing an entire flower. Bumble-Bee Penstemon grows in Southern California from about 3,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation and is extremely drought tolerant.This penstemon requires good drainage, will not tolerate much water, and blooms profusely beginning in June. It's especially showy when mixed with other altitude and drought adapted penstemons such as Penstemon spectabilis and Penstemon palmeri.

By the way, from this angle it occurs to me that Grinnell's Beardtongue (or some similar flower) could've possibly been an inspiration for the artist who created the Rolling Stones big-lips & tongue logo. YIKES!

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Blogger Tabor said...

Yikes is right. Funny way to look at a flower, thanks!

3:36 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I thought the same thing when I looked at that flower. You're right, Yikes!

2:43 PM  

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