Say it, “Penstemon.” Peh, Peh, Pen-STEM-on. Easy on the tongue right. After all, some Latin names are more attractive and lyrical than others. Try for fit: Verbascum thapsis or Tragopodon pratensis or Elephantopus tomentosus. See what I mean. This beauty - the Hairy Beardtongue, Penstemon hirsuitis – prefers disturbed soils and dry banks where it can display and show off without serious competition. Works for me.
© d090531-023 Hairy Beardtongue
Highland County, Virginia
Sunday 31 May 2009