Definition of penstemon in English:

penstemon

Syllabification: pen·ste·mon
Pronunciation: /penˈstēmən, ˈpenstəmən
 
/
(also pentstemon)

noun

  • another term for beardtongue.
    More example sentences
    • From mid-June through July, you should see profuse wildflowers, from the dainty, lavender pasque flowers to penstemons in shades of blue and purple.
    • Take heel cuttings from ceanothus, penstemons, lavenders, santolinas and philadelphus.
    • All very well is the advice to cut back decaying and gone-over plants, but my penstemons, rudbeckia, etc are still nice and green.

Origin

modern Latin, formed irregularly from penta- 'five' + Greek stēmōn 'warp', used to mean 'stamen'.

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