Field of Science

Friday Fabulous Flower - beard tongue edition

Mrs. Phactor's perennial flower bed is a riot of plants that take some attention or they go missing or appear in places previously unknown.  One of those problems is the large beard tongue, Penstemon grandiflorus. It's a very handsome plant with gray-green foliage and large pink flowers, but it is closer to an annual than many of her perennials. So it tends to pop up here and there, but mostly along a foot path as it seems to like the open spaces that provides.  At least the seedlings are easy to identify and relocate if necessary.  It tends to be a bit floppy as well, never forming self-supporting clumps so prominently displayed in catalogues.  But it is a pretty thing. 

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