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Pentstemons (S361a: 1883)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to the Editor printed on page 582 of the 30 June 1883 issue of The Garden. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S361A.htm

    Two very fine Pentstemons now in flower in my garden are P. ovatus and P. secundiflorus. The former, from Oregon, has very handsome, broad, and glossy leaves and numerous tall spikes of rather small purple-blue flowers; the latter, a native of the Colorado Mountains, at from 8000 feet to 9000 feet altitude, has narrow foliage, but much larger flowers of a brilliant blue with a violet tinge in the throat. A plant which I raised from seed last year has seventeen flower-spikes, each thickly clothed on one side only with its beautiful flowers, which are often 1 1/4 inches long by three-quarters of an inch wide. The flowers are quite as richly coloured as those of the fine dwarf P. glaber. These three species can all be recommended as charming ornaments of the herbaceous order. Both the above were raised from seed obtained from Mr. Thompson, of Ipswich.

--ALFRED R. WALLACE, Godalming.

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