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PENSTEMON digitalis 'Husker Red'

Image of Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

PENSTEMON digitalis 'Husker Red'

Plant Common Name

Husker Red Penstemon, Talus Slope Penstemon

General Description

Foxglove beardtongue is a herbaceous perennial native to central and eastern North America. The leaves of the cultivar 'Husker Red' are beet-red in spring, maturing to green with purple tints. In late spring and early summer it bears tall, raceme-like spikes of tubular white flowers tinged with purple.

'Husker Red' likes sun and well-drained soil, and tolerates heat and humidity. Use it as a cut flower, in the perennial border, or in a wildflower planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, North-Central United States, Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes