Gardens helps reintroduce rare plant

Gardens helps reintroduce rare plant
Local News

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has partnered with Bureau of Land Management to grow and reintroduce the one of the rarest plant in North America — the Penstemon debilis — onto the Roan Plateau near Rifle. This unique species of penstemon, also known as Parachute penstemon, is endemic to the Central Rocky Mountain Region where it grows above the Colorado River on loose shale cliffs. “The gardens is the only nonprofit in the valley who scientific research impacts strategies for plant conservation,” said Nicola Ripley, director of the gardens. In 2004, the gardens became actively involved with the Bureau …

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