Phlox pungens redux

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penstemon
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Phlox pungens redux

This is Phlox pungens. Picture taken today. 

It is not a particularly pleasant thing to weed around, or even to touch. Not a cushion phlox. More of a wanderer. Flowers white. 

"Perennial forming loose mats, 5cm or less high .....leaves very stiff and pungent, mostly lanceolate or lance-linear. 4-8mm long, 1-1.5 (2mm) wide, pubescent. often glandular, ciliate, punctate, the margins and dorsal midrib strongly thickened, gradually tapering into a sharp terminal bristle..."). (From Dorn's Vascular Plants of Wyoming, 1988.)

 

Bob

Lori S.
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Looks like it should be reasonably able to discourage grazers.

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

penstemon
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It's in a trough, with the similarly wandering Penstemon thompsoniae, and I've never seen a rabbit hop onto the trough and start grazing. They do do that, here. 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Lori S.
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They started doing that here too a few years ago, unfortunately... had no idea how lucky I'd been to that point!  

Penstemon thompsoniae looks like another little charmer. 

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

penstemon
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It's variety jaegeriana, I think. Purple flowers instead of the usual blue.

 

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

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