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Penstemon laevigatus

Plant of the Day: Penstemon laevigatus eastern smooth beardtongue

The range of eastern smooth beardtongue does not naturally extend as far north as New England, so plants growing here are escaped. The name "beardtongue" refers to the hairy but sterile fifth stamen, which in this species is conspicuously bright yellow.

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