You Don’t Find This in Just Any Ditch

This large-flowered beardtongue, Pentistoma grandiflora, is blooming in the roadside ditch next to our house tonight.

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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.

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This plant has a spectacular large flower.  Up the road a bit is its smaller cousin, foxglove beardtongue, or P. digitalis.

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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.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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