Whipples Penstemon is a member of the
Snapdragon or figwort Family. It
grows to 2 feet
height and has dark green, elliptical leaves which grow at the base of
the plant to 4 inches in length. Leaves along the stem are lance-shaped
and grow to 1 inch in length on opposite sides of the stem. The
plant grows in moist meadows and along rocky slopes at elevations between
Whipples Penstemon gets its name from the
fact that the leaves emit a strong odor when crushed.
Whipples Penstemon blooms between July and August
and produces lavender to deep purple flowers with 2 upper flaring lips
and 3 lower ones which grow to 1 inch in length in downward facing
clusters along the stem.