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Saturday - June 01, 2013

From: Madison, KS
Region: Midwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identity of pink bell-shaped flowers in Kansas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I have a beautiful array of pink bell shaped flowers with a white shaping on the inside of them they are about 2 feet tall. I cant seem to figure out what they are.

ANSWER:

You didn't say where they are growing.  If they are in a flower bed, it is probable that they are a garden cultivar and they aren't something I could identify since our focus and expertise are with plants native to North America.  However, there are a few native plants that sound similar to your description.

Agalinis heterophylla (Prairie false foxglove)

Agalinis tenuifolia (Slenderleaf false foxglove)

Agalinis fasciculata (Beach false foxglove)

Callirhoe involucrata (Winecup)

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)

Penstemon cobaea (Wild foxglove)

Penstemon grandiflorus (Large beardtongue)

I found these by doing a COMBINATION SEARCH in our Native Plant Database and choosing "Kansas" from Select State or Province, "Herb" from Habit (general appearance) and "Pink" under Bloom Color.  You should try this search yourself to be sure I haven't overlooked a possibility.

If none of the flowers listed above is your flower, take photos of it and then visit our Plant Identification page.  There you will find links to several plant identification forums that accept photos of plants for identification.

 

From the Image Gallery


Prairie false foxglove
Agalinis heterophylla

Prairie false foxglove
Agalinis heterophylla

Slenderleaf false foxglove
Agalinis tenuifolia

Slenderleaf false foxglove
Agalinis tenuifolia

Beach false foxglove
Agalinis fasciculata

Winecup
Callirhoe involucrata

Virginia bluebells
Mertensia virginica

Wild foxglove
Penstemon cobaea

Large penstemon
Penstemon grandiflorus

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