I’m in the midst of writing, measuring and researching plant descriptions for the fall Plant Delights Nursery catalog and keep coming across on-line references to Penstemon schmidel. The only problem is that this is not, nor has ever been the the name of a Penstemon species. Kasimar Schmidel is the 18th century botanical physician that named the genus Penstemon. Not only did an array of reputable nurseries fail to catch such a obvious error, but one of our top horticultural trade magazines and the US Patent office all revealed what a sloppy job they do in fact checking, the latter accepting the non-existent species in a recently approved plant patent. Doesn’t anyone care about accuracy any more, or are we all just willing to reprint the same errors? No wonder we have such a wealth of misinformation in our industry…shame, shame!