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Penstemon buckleyi  Pennell
Russell County, Kansas
Height: 6-32 inches
Family: Scrophulariaceae - Figwort Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Stems: Erect or ascending, 1-5, stout, unbranched, glabrous, waxy.
Leaves: Opposite, simple, thick, firm, glabrous, waxy; basal leaves stalked, oblanceolate to spatulate, 1 to 6 inches long, to 1.25 inch wide; tips blunt or pointed, often terminating in short, abrupt bristles; stem leaves clasping, lanceolate to ovate, 1 to 4 inches long, .5 to 1.25 inch wide, often crowded.
Inflorescences: Panicles, elongate, to 22 inches long, with 2-35 verticillasters (whorl-like clusters) of 2-11 flowers; bracts clasping, lance-ovate to ovate, tips pointed, reduced above.
Flowers: Calyces 5-lobed, glabrous, waxy; corollas funnel-shaped, to 3/4 inch long, lavender, pale pink, or pale blue, slightly 2-lipped, upper lip 2-lobed, lower lip 3-lobed; throat with conspicuous reddish purple lines; stamens 5, 4 fertile, 1 sterile, bearing golden-yellow hairs at tip.
Fruits: Capsules, egg-shaped, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, woody; seeds small, numerous, brown.
Habitat: Sandy soils.
Distribution: West 2/3 of Kansas.
Comments: Named for Samuel B. Buckley, state geologist of Texas and botanist who lived from 1809-1884.

Buckley's penstemon flower
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Buckley's penstemon inflorescence
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Buckley's penstemon leaves
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Buckley's penstemon verticillasters
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