beard·​tongue ˈbird-ˌtəŋ How to pronounce beardtongue (audio)

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Recent Examples on the Web Pink ‘Red Rocks’ beardtongue and fragrant blue sage (Salvia clevelandii) add softness to the garden, while islands of white pompons of ‘Alba’ sea thrift dot the pathways; the couple love how the plants seed themselves, with new growth popping up in unexpected places. Melissa Ozawa, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 Her favorites include beebalm (Monarda spp), coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp) and love grass (Eragrostis spectabilis). Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 21 June 2023 Midnight Masquerade penstemon Hirsch likes this newer penstemon − also known as beardtongue − for its deep burgundy leaves that set off lavender and white flowers. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2023 Airport officials have acknowledged the presence of rare species and are working towards relocating endangered plant species like the prairie dandelion, large-flowered beardtongue, aromatic aster, and the prickly pear, per Axios Chicago. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Oct. 2021 Asclepias tuberosa); and Small’s beardtongue (Penstemon smallii). Washington Post, 7 July 2021 One bee, Osmia distincta, fed on just three species of beardtongue or penstemon, a summer-flowering perennial. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Southeast The slender trumpets of beardtongue (shown above), or penstemmon, attract May and June’s butterflies—and even the occasional hummingbird. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2017 Scarlet Indian paintbrush and violet penstemon and beardtongue, plus handfuls of pearly everlasting and other white and yellow flowers, have joined them over the years. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, 26 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beardtongue was in 1817

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“Beardtongue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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