Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday 98: Beard-Tongue

Large-flowered Beard-Tongue (penstemon grandiflorus) is one of my favorite spring wildflowers. They stand 12-40 inches tall, and bloom early June to early July. Beard-tongue prefer dry areas with full sun to partial shade. The West Knoll of Grady Tract is saturated with them this year--more than I have ever seen in all my years visiting the Arboretum. They are found in about twenty of the United States, mostly the middle part of the country from as far north as the Dakotas across to Michigan, and south to Texas.



Sheryl said...

Oh! What a perfect purple. Beautiful!


Veronica Lee said...

Gorgeous! Love the sweet purple!

Happy WW, Heather!

Heather said...

Thanks, Sheryl! Purple isn't usually a favorite color, but I do love these. ☺

Heather said...

Veronica Lee: Thank you, I hope you have a good Wednesday as well!

Lea said...

Such a pretty wildflower needs a prettier name!
Have a wonderful day!
Lea's Menagerie

moni said...

Hello Heather,
wonderful blossoms, love color and details!
Wish you a nice wednesday

Jenn said...

These are stunning shots... you've captured them beautifully!

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Jenn's Random Scraps

Heather said...

Lea: LOL...I often think that about wildflowers. You can't help but wonder how some of them got their names.

Moni: Thank you, I'm glad you like them! ☺

Thanks, Jenn! I appreciate the compliment. :)

Margaret Almon said...

These have such an elegant shape!

Heather said...

Thanks, Margaret. I was pleased to note during my walk tonight that there are still some blooming. Probably not for much longer, though.

Jana said...

Weird name, pretty flowers. ;-)

Heather said...

They are pretty. I have no idea how they got their name. My awesome plant book shares a lot of information on local plants, but doesn't usually share how something got its name.