Cary’s beardtongue Scrophulariaceae:
Good sized attractive blue-violet flowers produced in late spring. The leaves are long and narrow with a thick leathery texture. Penstemon caryi grows from a deep cuadix and blooms the second or third year.
Native to the Bighorn and Pryor mountains of north-central Wyoming and adjacent south-central Montana, where it is found mainly at foothill and montane elevations on sparsely vegetated slopes, outcrops, and grassland openings with calcareous soils. the seeds are relativly small and seed germination can be sprodic, so the sowing should be kept for a few years to insure maximum number of seedlings.