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Penstemon (Beardtongue) digitalis ‘Husker Red’

Perennial Plant of the Year 1996!

‘Husker Red’ has rich dramatic, bronze-red foliage that accents the 30-inch tall plants providing a rich contrast to the striking masses of white, airy flower stalks. Hummingbirds and butterflies love this perennial, not to mention being deer resistant. Very hardy, disease resistant and tolerant of dry conditions. Prefers a well-drained soil. It is also a good cut flower. Mass in sunny borders. Accent plant, massed in borders, or as a specimen. They receive their common name of Beard-tongue because of the tuft of yellow hairs just outside of the throats of the flowers which resemble delicate Snapdragons.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 30"
Spacing 12"-18"
Hardiness Zones 2-8
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Bronze-Purple
Flower White
Bloomtime May-July

General Information +

Botanical: Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Common: Beardtongue

Family: Scrophulariaceae

General Characteristics: This penstemon cultivar is a clump-forming perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall. Features white (sometimes with a pink blush), two-lipped, tubular flowers borne in panicles atop erect, rigid stems. Flowers bloom mid-spring to early summer. Leaves are maroon (hence the cultivar name). Basal leaves are elliptic and stem leaves are lance-shaped to oblong. Penstemon in Greek means five stamens (four are fertile and one is sterile). Penstemon is sometimes commonly called beard tongue because the sterile stamen has a tuft of small hairs. Flowering can be quite profuse and support is sometimes necessary.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Needs full sun for best foliage color. Avoid wet, poorly-drained soils. Performs well in dry soil.