penstemon

noun
pen·​ste·​mon | \pen(t)-ˈstē-mən, ˈpen(t)-stə- \
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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

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Come mid-March, spring flowers like desert marigolds, brittle brush, and perry penstemon fill the park’s several gardens with color, and native milkweed attracts monarch butterflies. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Tuesday, June 13 A Passion for Penstemons: 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. idahostatesman, "A few events scheduled for Treasure Valley gardeners," 31 May 2017 The garden is home to currants, ferns, monkeyflower, bee plant, manzanitas, California lilac, penstemon, sages, buckeye trees and annual wildflowers. Marta Yamamoto, The Mercury News, "See how your yard can go native at annual East Bay garden tour," 12 Apr. 2017 Snapshot: Native to the western states, penstemons represent a large family of drought-tolerant plants that adapt well to domestic landscapes. Debbie Arrington, sacbee.com, "‘Laura’ keeps her head up in dry garden," 23 June 2017 Tuesday, June 13 A Passion for Penstemons: 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. idahostatesman, "A few events scheduled for Treasure Valley gardeners," 31 May 2017 In the Tahoe area, flower hunters should find mule’s ears, balsamroots, paintbrushes, penstemons and lupines, Carville said. Debbie Arrington, sacbee.com, "Spectacular Sierra wildflowers will bloom through August. Here’s where to find them," 28 May 2017

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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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