Penstemon

Wildflowers Dicots Eudicots Asterids Lamiales Plantaginaceae

The beardtongues. As might be expected the Penstemon genus has five (penta) stamens, one being infertile and large, with hairs growing on it. It looks like a hairy tongue sticking out of the flower, hence “beardtongue”.

Formerly this genus was placed in the Scrophulariaceae (figwort) family.

P. grinnellii
Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon centranthifolius flower
P. grinnellii
Grinnelli’s beardtongue
P. heterophyllus
Foothill beardtongue
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