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penstemon

[pen-stee-muh n, pen-stuh-muh n] /pɛnˈsti mən, ˈpɛn stə mən/
noun
1.
any of numerous chiefly North American plants belonging to the genus Penstemon, of the figwort family, some species of which are cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
Also, pentstemon.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; variant of pentstemon (> Neo-Latin Penstemon genus name)
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  • Or penstemon near rocks for a natural look, since that's where they're often seen in the wild.
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British Dictionary definitions for penstemon

penstemon

/pɛnˈstiːmən/
noun
1.
a variant (esp US) of pentstemon

pentstemon

/pɛntˈstiːmən/
noun
1.
any scrophulariaceous plant of the North American genus Penstemon (or Pentstemon), having white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers with five stamens, one of which is bearded and sterile
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn thread (here: stamen)
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