pen·​ste·​mon | \ pen(t)-ˈstē-mən How to pronounce penstemon (audio) , ˈpen(t)-stə- How to pronounce penstemon (audio) \
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Definition of penstemon

: any of a genus (Penstemon) of perennial, chiefly North American herbs or low shrubs of the snapdragon family typically with spikes of showy, two-lipped, tubular flowers with two lobes on the upper lip and three lobes on the lower lip : beardtongue In the pastel planting, pink penstemons with upright spikes of tubular flowers contrast with such mounding plants as pinks— Lynn Ocone

Examples of penstemon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of Banner’s favorite native plant species is pine leaf penstemon, a beautiful ground cover that comes in several colors. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Drought friendly pineleaf penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius) grows at Red Butter Gardens in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 26, 2021. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Repeat combinations in different beds, such as clusters of alliums, coneflowers and penstemon next to moor grass. Lauren Dunec Hoang, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2020 Some of her favorite plants to add to attract hummingbirds are bee balm, lupine, salvia, columbine and penstemon. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2020 Some abundant species can deliver up to 16 gallons; others a cup or so, like prairie violet and slender penstemon. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 31 July 2020 For example, penstemon is a drought-tolerant, flowering perennial native to North America that's a popular garden plant. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2020 Poppies, penstemons, marigolds, and cactus blooms are but a few of the florals popping this time of year. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 There are hummer plants that everyone is familiar with, most notably salvias, penstemons, buddlejas, foxgloves and fuchsias. Earl Nickel,, 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of penstemon

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penstemon

New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn warp, thread — more at stamen

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“Penstemon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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