penstemon

[pen-stee-muhn, pen-stuh-muhn]
noun
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:
1750–60; variant of pentstemon (> Neo-Latin Penstemon genus name)

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penstemon (pɛnˈstiːmən)
 
n
a variant (esp US) of pentstemon

pentstemon or esp (US) penstemon (pɛntˈstiːmən)
 
n
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
 
[C18: New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn thread (here: stamen)]
 
penstemon or esp (US) penstemon
 
n
 
[C18: New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn thread (here: stamen)]

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Or penstemon near rocks for a natural look, since that's where they're often seen in the wild.
Pink penstemon and red-and-blue-flowered bat-faced cuphea dot the garden as well.
Some native bees and native plants, including penstemon and salvia, are literally made for each other.
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