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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (beardtongue)

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

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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

12-18 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.

Good Substitutions

beardtongue Penstemon 'Blackbeard'
beardtongue Penstemon digitalis

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

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