ID by Ken Owen (Channel Islands Restoration) and Steve Junak (Santa Barbara Botanic Garden)
aka Showy Penstemon
Winnemucca Lake trail
Showy Penstemon (Scrophulariaceae) by Horse Creek, Hoover Wilderness California
Penstemon speciosus is a species of penstemon known by the common name royal penstemon. It is native to the western United States where it can be found in many types of habitat, including plateau and foothill scrub and subalpine mountain forests. It is a perennial herb growing erect to a maximum height near 60 centimeters. The leaves are usually lance-shaped and sometimes folded lengthwise, measuring up to 9 centimeters long. They are arranged oppositely and often...