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Beardlip Penstemon

Penstemon barbatus


Scattered all along a hiking trail, this vibrant red-flower plant is also known as prairie-fire. A very thin stalk, folded-in leaves, and the red taquito-like flowers define this particular one. Unfortunately, my camera's macro was not working with me that day, but the next photos I'll have should look clearer!


Occurs in groups and at a decent range of elevation, from about 6,000 to 8,000 feet.


At least one foot and up to four feet tall. My first thought that it was a kind of indian paintbrush, i.e. Castilleja species. But upon turning to a listing of flowers in the southeastern Arizona area, Castilleja does not occur there.

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Ivan Rodriguez
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Ivan Rodriguez

Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jun 24, 2012
Submitted on Jun 25, 2012

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