Description

Husker Red Beardstongue

General Information

Pink tinged, white flowers bloom on the Husker Red Beardstongue in late spring to midsummer.  These lovely blooms are set off by the attractive,  red stemmed foliage. 7″ long, oblong, toothed leaves grow along the rigid stems.  Beautiful planted in mass as a border.  Can be used as an accent or specimen plant. A great addition to a meadow planting or cottage garden. Great foliage coloring! 1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.

Additional Information

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ grows best in Full Sun.  It will grow 30-34″ tall with a spread of 15-18″.  Plant in zones 3 to 8. The name beardstongue comes from the tuft of small hairs that grow on the sterile stamen.  Good drought tolerance. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Deer resistant.

Care & Shipping Notes

Easy to grow in average, well drained soil. Will tolerate a variety of soil types including clay and sandy soil.   Root rot may occur in wet soil.  No serious insect or disease problems. Leaf spot may occur occasionally.  A light layer of mulch should be applied to Husker Red in winter.  May require some support during heavy flowering. Remove spent foliage to keep the plant looking neat.  Divide clumps in early spring, every 2 to 3 years. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.

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Mature Width 15 to 18 Inches
Mature Height 30 to 36 Inches
Light Full Sun
Planting Zone 3 to 8

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