One of my favorate western Penstemons is Penstemon speciosus. Found from the foot hills up to the high elevation scree slopes on dry mountain ranges. It's domain encompasses five western states CA, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA. This Penstemon is found in scattered populations throughout the Great Basin Floristic Province. The species is common in western UT, southern ID, and all of NV. It can also be found along the eastern Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges of Washington, Oregon and California.Penstemon speciosus is variable in appearance. Lower elevation forms have an open airy appearance, with greener coloration to the leaves. The higher forms are low, condensed with denser inflorescence,and a gray cast to the foliage. At altitudes of around 8000'-9000' around Lake Tahoe I have come across very dwarf forms may be six inches tall with gray foliage. Flower color varies some but blue through blue/violet are what I encounter most often. I do have one plant that has a pink hue.
The first shot is of a lower elevation form. Number two a mid elevation form. Number three the pink plant The rest close ups of the flowers.Last a high elevation dwarf form.