Penstemon hirsutus (L.) Willd.
Family: Plantaginaceae
hairy beard-tongue, northeastern beard-tongue
Penstemon hirsutus image
James R. Sime  
Etymology: Penstemon: from the Greek pente, "five," and stemon, "stamen," for the fifth stamen, referring to the staminode, or just an allusion to the fact that it has five stamens
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-32" tall forb, usually with several stems
Leaves: opposite
Flowers: purple with white lobes, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, tubular, very slender tube much longer than the lobes, throat almost closed by the arching lower lobe, 5 stamens (1 infertile); inflorescence a cluster with upward-pointing branches; blooms June-July
Habitat: dry; woods, fields
Conservation Status: Special Concern