I’ve never given much thought to the native plant called penstemon. They are pretty. But we only have a few varieties here in Wisconsin, and the most common is smooth penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) that has seeds that smell like sour milk, so I haven’t been too concerned.
Kristin and I attended the annual Montana Native Plant Society conference in June which was sponsored in partnership with the American Penstemon Society. I now know there are over 250 species of penstemon. I also know how intensely passionate penstemon enthusiasts are.
I haven’t identified all the wildflower photos I took during our trip to Glacier/Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks yet, but when I’ve finished, I’ll share more penstemon photos with you — including that selfie-plant that got in the way of my photo above.