[pen-stee-muh n, pen-stuh-muh n]
- 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.
Origin of penstemon
1750–60; variant of pentstemon (> New Latin Penstemon genus name)
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Examples from the Web for penstemon
The three most abundant plants on the ground are Artemisia ludoviciana, Chrysothamnus depressus and Penstemon linarioides.
Stems and leaves of two of the plants, Comandra umbellata and Penstemon linarioides, were readily eaten by captive animals.
Water content of both Penstemon and Comandra was greatly reduced in the dry period that occurred in early July.
- a variant (esp US) of pentstemon