Penstemon eriantherus
(Fuzzytongue Penstemon)

Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
     
Penstemon eriantherus is an uncommon Penstemon occurring on outcrops of the plains of northern Larimer and Weld Counties. Plants grow to about 12-inches tall. Leaves and stems are strongly pubescent. Flowers are bell-shaped, with an expanded throat. Fuzzytongue Penstemon has a staminode, or sterile stamen-like structure, that sticks out beyond the petals and is covered with long hairs. Anthers are glabrous (hairless). Look for Penstemon eriantherus at Soapstone Natural Area north of Fort Collins.

Vegetation zone:  Plains
Time of bloom:  May - June
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers