Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Large-flowered Penstemon

Large-flowered Penstemon is native to Minnesota. Erika and I found a few growing in the Carleton College arboretum prairie. This grassland is a restored prairie, and effectively managed by the arboretum staff. Management includes periodic burning. Once established, penstemon easily reseeds itself. This penstemon flower clearly awaited a visiting insect on which to dab its pollen.

Aboriginal uses of penstemon included making it into a salve. The plant was also used as a poultice for snake bites (Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden).

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