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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Spring Wildflowers

Craig Bihrle photo: Slender penstemon
Craig Bihrle
  Slender penstemon
(Penstemon gracilis)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: prairies and roadsides
Flowers: pale lavender, reflex lobes (not flaring)
Height: 8-20 inches
Blooms: late May to late June
Family name: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
Other names: Slender Beardtongue
Plant uses and other interesting facts: The Slender penstemon has smaller flowers and thinner stems than the Shell leaf penstemon.

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