Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' beardtongue from North Creek Nurseries

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Common: beardtongue

Penstemon 'Husker Red' LP50 - 50 per flat

  • Height: 24"-30"
  • Spread: 12"-18"
  • Spacing: 12"-18"
  • Hardiness Zone(s): 4-9

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Plant Details

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.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Well-Drained
  • Dry

Plug Type

  • Landscape Plug™

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Green Infrastructure

  • Green Roof

For Animals

  • Deer Resistant
  • Hummingbird-friendly
  • Songbird-friendly
  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Ornamental Foliage
  • Native to North America
  • Cut Flower
  • Salt Tolerance
  • Drought Tolerant

Propagation Type

  • Seed cultivar

Care & Maintenance

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

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™