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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Foxglove Beardtongue)

Beardtongue 'Husker Red', Beard Tongue 'Husker Red', Penstemon 'Husker Red'


Award-winner Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' is a bushy perennial with erect, deep wine-red stems boasting about 50 large, bell-shaped, white flowers with a touch of light pink, 1 in. long (2.5 cm). They rise above a particularly handsome, lush foliage of lance-shaped, rich, bronze-red leaves. 'Husker Red' is a versatile garden perennial as a specimen, or as a cut flower.

  • On display from late spring through early summer, this Penstemon grows vigorously to 30-36 in. tall (75-90 cm) and 15-18 in. wide (37-45 cm), and adds lovely vertical lines to the landscape. 
  • 1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year
  • Provides a bold and striking impact in bedsborderscottage gardensrock gardens or in prairie plantings. Ideal for naturalistic planting schemes. Good as cut flowers too!
  • Best grown in full sun in fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates almost any soils including dry soils. Drought tolerant once established. Dislikes damp conditions and needs excellent drainage! Penstemons need very little water and barely any fertilizer. Fertilize lightly when planting and then never again. Over fertilizing Penstemons leads to excessive die back in the winter.
  • Attracts scores of hummingbirdsbutterflies and other beneficial pollinators but is resistant to deer and rabbits.
  • Generally disease free. May be attacked by slugs, snails, glasshouse red spider mite, and leaf and bud eelworms
  • Propagate by seed but the offspring will be variable, often with flowers of a murky shade. Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe stem tip cuttings in late summer to early autumn. Divide clumps in spring
  • Tidy any winter damaged growth in early spring. Deadhead after flowering (unless seed is needed)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Penstemon - Beardtongues
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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