Penstemon virens (Bluemist Penstemon)
Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
   
Bluemist Penstemon is one of the more common Penstemon sp. of the foothills and mountains, often growing among rocks or on gravelly slopes. Leaves are bright green and glabrous (hairless). The blue flowers have hairs, usually glandular, on the outside of the petals. The staminode, or sterile stamen, has golden hairs toward the tip. Flowers grow from all sides of the stem, in contrast to species such as Penstemon glaber  which has a one-sided inflorescence. Plants grow to about 1-foot tall. Growth forms seem to vary somewhat with elevation. Foothills plants often have a less dense inflorescence and smaller flowers.

Vegetation zone:  Foothills, Montane
Time of bloom:  March - August
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers