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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Beardtongue)

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Beardtongue

This native makes a stunning display with its brilliant white flowers against a backdrop of deep red foliage. Tough and easy to grow, it tolerates a wide variety of conditions including hot, dry sites. Our plants are now vegetatively propagated from our reddest, most vigorous selections.

SIZE
Penstemon 'Husker Red' LP50 - 50 per flat Availability
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Height

24-30 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Beardtongue Interesting Notes

The maroon foliage of Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' is a wonderful color accent in the garden. This easily grown 3’ tall perennial blooms in early summer with white flowers that contrast nicely with the maroon foliage. Husker Red foxglove beardtongue tolerates heat and high humidity, is deer resistant, and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. It is as effective in the perennial border as it is in the wildflower garden. Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' will perform well if given average soil, good drainage, and full sun conditions. Companions for this drought tolerant gem include Hydrangea quercifoliaFothergilla gardeniiBaptisia 'Purple Smoke', and Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'. - Mt. Cuba Center

The Perennial Plant Association's 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year™

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun and average to dry soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Drought tolerant.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Early Spring
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar
Attributes
Dry Sun
Meadow
Ornamental Foliage
Erosion Control
Native to North America