Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_hirsutus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Penstemon Penstemon
GeneralFuzzy Penstemon [syn: Chelone hirsuta (L.) This species is a non-fussy garden plant with many cultivars from dwarf to white to pink. Notice that it was named by the famed European botanist Carlos Linnaeus (L.). Blooms: May to July.
AntherBlue-black, smooth, opening across the connective almost flat (explanate).
StaminodeGolden bearded, slightly projecting beyond orifice.
LeavesMostly in a basal rosette, to 1.5 dm (6) long, & -1/10 as wide, upper leaves to 1 dm (4) long and 1/5-1/8 as wide, sometimes folded & arched, lanceolate, green, turning maroon in winter, finely to coarsely toothed.
Stems2-6 dm (8-24) stem leafy, purplish, with sticky-fuzzy herbage that shines in sunlight.
InflorescenseOpen panicles, cyme 1-5 cm (1/2-2) long, 3-9 flowered.
Corolla23-32 mm (1-1 1/4) long, narrow, uplifted palate, closed white lips (until visited by a bee), lavender, violet or pink, glandular hairy, no guidelines.
Flower Color
Calyx3-5 mm (1/4) long, lobes often purplish with sharp tip.
HabitatSun or part-shade in hot, dry climates, probably woodland edges, low elevations.
RangeQuebec, CA and MI, WI south to RN, VA and KY and New England.