Monday, June 14, 2010

A Closer Look

foxglove penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)
In order to accurately identify the penstemon in a recent post, a close-up photo was taken of the flower. The photo revealed the pretty purple lines (nectar guides for pollinating insects) on the lower lips of the flower. Also, the plant is not hairy. Thanks to the information from a new (to me) site I found on line, I was much more confident of my previous identification. I have added this site to the side bar and encourage you on this very rainy afternoon to explore it. It has great photos and information about Illinois wildflowers.

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