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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Tuesday, June 13 A Passion for Penstemons: 6:30 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.
In the Tahoe area, flower hunters should find mule’s ears, balsamroots, paintbrushes, penstemons and lupines, Carville said.
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Origin and Etymology of penstemon
New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn warp, thread — more at stamen
First Known Use: 1760
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