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Penstemon digitalis Husker Red

Husker Red Beardtongue

Husker Red has beautiful burgundy colored foliage and tall spikes of pure white tubular flowers. Our plants are grown by cuttings from the original stock plants given to me by the breeder. The 1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Plant - 5" deep pot
Penstemon digitalis Husker Red
Additional Information
SKU 75734
Common Name Husker Red Beardtongue
Botanical Name Penstemon digitalis Husker Red
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 28-32" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Details
28-32" tall x 15-18" wide. 'Husker Red's' combination of burgundy foliage and tall spikes of abundant white flowers make this 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year a garden standout. Many nurseries have since propagated the plant from seed (not cuttings) resulting in many 'Husker Red' plants lacking the deeply colored leaves of the original. Not so from us. Our plants are grown from breeder Dale Lindgren's original stock.
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      5.0

      Reliable bloomer

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon digitalis Husker Red:

        One of my first plants in my new garden in 2011, this penstemon has been a reliable bloomer every spring with lovely burgundy colored evergreen foliage.

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        Not the plant for my garden

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon digitalis Husker Red:

          My rock garden may be the wrong environment for this plant.

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          5.0

          Good Show for First Year

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          from Chicago IL

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon digitalis Husker Red:

            Lovely foliage that was evergreen (or ever-burgundy) here in Chicago. Nice performance for its first year.

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            Planting Guides

            Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)

            Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.

            1. They need “elbow room”, maximum sun, heat and don’t like to be crowded by other plants.
            2. Plant only in well-drained soils; clay soils and Penstemon are incompatible.
            3. Avoid overly enriched soils; too much compost and fertilizer will shorten their life span.
            4. They establish quickly and the amount and frequency of watering needs to be reduced after about 8 to 10 weeks to create dry conditions.
            5. When using drip irrigation, be sure to put the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on top of the root ball to avoid overwatering the plant.
            6. Plant high, leaving the top of the rootball just above the surrounding soil to avoid burying the crown of the plant.
            7. Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. No mulch is needed where conditions are moister. Always avoid bark, grass clippings, or compost as mulch materials.
            8. Allow some of the plants to set seed (don't deadhead all of the flower spikes)*.
            9. Fertilize sparingly. One time each year in the fall is enough. Apply a light application of an organic or natural fertilizer such as Yum Yum Mix as a top dressing around the plants. Don't use high nitrogen water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro

            *To keep penstemon that have finely textured or matted evergreen foliage looking their best, you'll want to 'deadhead" them. Shear off the fading flowering spikes just as the plant is going out of flower. Gently bunch the flower spikes together with one hand and cut them off at the point where they go down into the mat of foliage with your clipper in your other hand.

            Recommended for the following varieties: P. pinifolius types (‘Compactum', ‘Mersea Yellow', ‘Nearly Red', ‘Magdalena Sunshine' and ‘Tall Orange Mix'), as well as Penstemon linarioides v. coloradensis and Penstemon virens ('Blue Lips').

            More in-depth guidance for growing Penstemon: Penstemon for the Waterwise Garden, David’s Favorite Plants: Pineleaf Beardtongue, The Beardtongue Family: Penstemania for Penstemon and The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers (Part 2).


            View or download our complete Planting Guide (pdf) for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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