This large-flowered beardtongue, Pentistoma grandiflora, is blooming in the roadside ditch next to our house tonight.
This is a tallgrass prairie plant, native to the state, but probably in the ditch because of integrated roadside management programs that plant natives in the roadside ditches.
This plant has a spectacular large flower. Up the road a bit is its smaller cousin, foxglove beardtongue, or P. digitalis.
You may have seen similar posts to this one from me in the past–the plants bloom here every year, and I am always amazed by their simple beauty.