Protection pursued for pretty penstemon

Being pretty isn’t (or shouldn’t be) part of the criteria currently being weighed in a Denver court regarding endangered species protection for the rare Graham Penstemon (aka Parachute Penstemon, Graham’s Beardtongue, Penstemon grahamii) whose native range overlaps a landscape of interest to oil shale developers, but it’s unavoidably noticeable when the plant is viewed in flower. A ruling is scheduled for May 19, 2010. Read more here.

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