from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Penstemon, native to North America and eastern Asia, having opposite leaves, flowers with a usually two-lipped, variously colored corolla, and capsules containing many seeds. Also called beardtongue.

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  • n. Any of the genus Penstemon, the beardtongues.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Pēnstēmōn, genus name : Greek pente, five; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + Greek stēmōn, thread; see stā- in Indo-European roots.

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From the genus name.


  • The muted purple-green color of the sage was interspersed with patches of wild-flowers, the brilliant crimsons and scarlets of Indian paintbrush, firecracker penstemon, and scarlet gilia.

    Western Man

  • This one is an annual penstemon with lots of bloom power and BIG flowers.

    My Plant Safari Photos (at Sugar Creek) « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • The nigella and penstemon, along with so many more were a real welcome home.

    May Bloom Day-This And That « Fairegarden

  • If there is any luck with germinating the penstemon, so far we have never been able to do that, this will be the fourth try, I guarantee you will see it here.

    Thank You « Fairegarden

  • Eleven plant species listed as threatened in the United States 'statutes are found in the park; Palmer amsonia Amsonia palmeri, goldenweed Haplopappus salicinus, Draba asprella var. kaibensis, plains cactus Pediocactus bradyi, scouler catchfly Silene rectiramea, phacelia Phacelia filiformis, wild buckwheats Eriogonum darrovii, E. thompsonae var. atwoodi and E. zionis var. coccineum, primrose Primula hunnewellii and clute penstemon Penstemon clutei.

    Grand Canyon National Park, United States

  •  We begin to see wildflowers: goldenweed, penstemon.


  • She has run with the penstemon jet set, but has settled down some recently, seeing the zen of the slow paced life here.

    Viola Beauty Pageant « Fairegarden

  • The boxwood hedge of the knot garden and the ever present penstemon ‘Husker Red’ are in the background.

    Movement « Fairegarden

  • Agnyss relates that the penstemon set goes by nicknames only, and *x* is all she knows him by, he is a bit of a mystery to her too.

    Viola Beauty Pageant « Fairegarden

  • The original plant was in a bed with penstemon sour grapes and red rocks.

    Blogger Visitors, In The Garden « Fairegarden


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