Penstemon meaning

pĕn-stēmən, pĕnstə-mən
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Any of numerous plants of the genus Penstemon, native to North America, having opposite leaves, variously colored flowers with a usually two-lipped corolla, and capsules containing many seeds.
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Any of a large genus (Penstemon) of chiefly North American plants of the figwort family, having five stamens, the fifth of which is bearded and sterile, and bearing tubular, showy, white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers.
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Any of the genus Penstemon, the beardtongues.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Plantaginaceae "” the beardtongues, native to east Asia and North America.
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Origin of penstemon

  • New Latin Pēnstēmōn genus name Greek pente five penkwe in Indo-European roots Greek stēmōn thread (in reference to its four fertile stamens and single prominent staminode) stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the genus name.

    From Wiktionary