How long could Portraits of Wildflowers go without showing a wildflower?
The answer to the title’s question is: till today, after a bunch of pictures that mostly played up the grand scenery of the Southwest and California (and before other occasional trip pictures that will keep doing so). Now you’re looking at Penstemon barbatus, which I found flowering at Arizona’s Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument on October 21. The many common names for this attractive wildflower include scarlet bugler; beard-lip penstemon; beard-lip beardtongue; red penstemon; red beardtongue; goldenbeard penstemon; goldenbeard beardtongue; and Saint Joseph’s staff, along with its Spanish equivalent, varita de San José (I don’t know which is the original and which the translation).
Thanks to Kirstin Olmon Phillips, the botany collections manager at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, for identifying this species. You can read more about it if you’d like.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman