Friday, July 16, 2010

Pale Beardtongue (Penstemon pallidus)

Penstemon pallidus is known by the common names Pale Beardtongue or Eastern White Beardtongue. At Fort Yargo State Park, I saw a large patch along the slope of the dam on the lake side (segment 5) and a smaller patch on segment 14. These photos were taken on segment 14.

A small cluster of plants.

A single plant.

The leaves.

A cluster of flower buds.

An immature flower.

A mature flower

Penstemon pallidus
(Pale Beardtongue) is native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the United States, it grows from Minnesota east to Maine and south to Florida and Arkansas and Mississippi; is also grows in Kansas. It does not grow in South Carolina or Florida. In Canada, it grows only in Ontario.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Penstemon pallidus (Pale Beardtongue)

University of North Carolina Herbarium: Penstemon pallidus

Identification resources:
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Penstemon pallidus

Missouri Plants: Penstemon pallidus

Related posts:
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower

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