What’s in a name: Foxglove Penstemon; Beardtongue Penstemon -> “five” “stamens”.

Family: Scrophulariaceae ~224 genera; 4450 species.

Common names in Mexico: Jarritos, boteya, chupamirto, Frente al sol, hablorias, hierba del chincual; cebadilla falsa; lengua de arista Penstemon species in the monarch overwintering sanctuaries: Penstemon campanulatus, P. gentianoides and P. roseus.

Sometimes there are reddish-violet lines within the corolla which function as nectar guides to visiting insects. There is little noticeable fragrance.

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