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 Repeat combinations in different beds, such as clusters of alliums, coneflowers and penstemon next to moor grass. Lauren Dunec Hoang, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Lush Garden Is Filled with Ideas for Attracting Bees and Butterflies," 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, "Fall is the perfect time to put in pollinator-friendly plants, and help the environment," 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, "Crow-Hassan's prairie is a mosaic of wild things and built to last," 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, "These Tough Plants Can Take Nearly Anything Nature Throws at Them," 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, "National Parks Will Be Free These Five Days in 2020–Here’s Where to Go When," 17 Jan. 2020 There are hummer plants that everyone is familiar with, most notably salvias, penstemons, buddlejas, foxgloves and fuchsias. Earl Nickel,, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019 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 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

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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