Grazing North Texas: Cobaea penstemon

By Tony Dean | tonydean.tx1@gmail.com

It’s not often that a “pasture flower” really catches my eye. When out on the land, I am usually focused on the grassy plants that supply most of our grazing. But as I crossed some rocky bluffs, I stumbled onto a group of plants with strikingly beautiful flowers, flowers as showy as any garden variety I have ever seen.

As it turns out, this plant was not an out-of-place ornamental, but was Cobaea penstemon, a native perennial forb that occurs naturally across most of Texas and Oklahoma. This plant is part of the snapdragon family and has also been called false foxglove, fairy thimbles, dewflower, and beardtongue.

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