Definition of beardtongue in US English:



  • A North American plant of the figwort family with showy, five-lobed flowers. Each blossom has a tuft of hair on one of its stamens.

    Genus Penstemon, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, including hairy beardtongue (P. hirsutus) and the widespread foxglove beardtongue (P. digitalis)

    • ‘A variety of prairie fauna can also be found and some include the wild onion, milkweed, beardtongue, and the prairie rose.’
    • ‘There have been reports that the caterpillars of the butterfly Euphydryes phaeton feed on the foliage of various beardtongues, but this does not appear to be the case in Illinois.’
    • ‘Various species of paintbrush, beardtongues, lousewort, owl's clover, Chinese houses, and plantain (Plantago).’
    • ‘The Penstemon Website is a great place to go if you're interested in beardtongues either for enjoyment or gardening.’
    • ‘Oh my, wild irises and hairy beardtongues, what gorgeous jewels in the woodland green they are!’
    • ‘A few root decoctions of the beardtongues were used for toothache by the Amerindians, but I found no mention of any economic uses for slender beardtongue.’
    • ‘As an adventurous gardener, you're probably quite familiar with a number of the beardtongues, a popular group of garden perennials.’
    • ‘The beardtongue has been listed as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act since 1990.’
    • ‘Anderson Prairie is home only to pale beardtongue.’
    • ‘Noted plant geek and recently appointed Director of Horticulture, Scott Vergara will lead you through slides and a garden tour into their world, and you'll discover great garden-hardy ‘scroph’ specimens: weird snapdragons, beautiful beardtongues, parasitic plants, the rare, the fleeting, and the much-to-be-desired.’
    • ‘The Graham's beardtongue is an herbaceous perennial plant within the sub-genus Cristai.’
    • ‘Penstemons, sometimes called beardtongues, are a fascinating group of plants, little known to the average gardener.’
    • ‘Plant Purple beardtongue in lean to average well-drained soil in full sun with Prairie Dropseed grass, Baptisia (Blue or White Indigo), Echinacea, and Callirhoe.’
    • ‘The familiar cultivated snapdragon is Antirrhinum majus is a member of the figwort, or snapdragon, family; other members of the family that have been cultivated for ornamental purposes include the beardtongues, the mulleins, the slipper flowers, the foxgloves and the speedwells (Veronica).’
    • ‘Penstemons are sometimes commonly called beardtongues because the sterile stamen has a tuft of small hairs.’
    • ‘I use this same technique for propagating all types of alpines this time year… from saxifrages to beardtongues, lychnis, gentians, androsaces, etc.’
    • ‘As you pause for yet another splendid view of the lake, you can admire the blue blossoms of squaw carpet, Ceanothus prostratus, or later in the season see shocking purple and pink beardtongues, Penstamon davidsonii and rupicola.’