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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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Tips for growing Penstemon (Beardtongue)
Penstemon are generally evergreen and have beautiful flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds. Most varieties are rabbit resistant.
*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: Watch our video: How To Plant Penstemon or read articles: 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).
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(based on 11 reviews)
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Most Liked Positive Review
I love this particular penstemon!
I have many penstemons since they do well in my area. ( Pinon/Juniper at 6500") This is my first Husker Red & I really like it's uniqueness. The red stems...Read complete review
I have many penstemons since they do well in my area. ( Pinon/Juniper at 6500") This is my first Husker Red & I really like it's uniqueness. The red stems and leaves with the pale flowers are very attractive. I will probably purchase more. The attached picture was taken just a few months from planting.
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Instructions were needed
This was my first penstemon, and I'm afraid I might have needed some instructions sent with the plant. I couldn't figure out why it just sat there all summer doing nothing. It didn't...Read complete review
This was my first penstemon, and I'm afraid I might have needed some instructions sent with the plant. I couldn't figure out why it just sat there all summer doing nothing. It didn't grow, but it didn't die. It's still alive through this winter, a pretty little evergreen/burgundy specimen near the patio. I came to this site to see what variety I had, and saw the directions I hadn't read when I ordered the little guy...no compost, no wood mulch, yadda yadda yadda. Well, I put it in a newly created bed with a nice thick dressing of compost, mulched heavily with the paper bedding and droppings from the guinea pig cages, and topped off with a beautiful, thick top dressing of cedar mulch--right over the crown and up under the leaves. I guess I'll be moving him this spring before any more damage is done! Most other plants thrived in this new bed, so if there are oddballs that don't like compost, wood mulch, want their crown sticking out instead of level, or other such scenarios, it would be nice if they came with their own set of personal instructions. (And if this did, my apologies!! ha!)
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So far so good
from Denver CO
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Comments about High Country Gardens Penstemon digitalis Husker Red:
Planted this in spring 2017. Did well for its first year but more width than height. We will see how it does in its second year.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love my Penstemon!
from Central Illinois
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Love beautiful, various Penstemon!!! So airy and dainty in the garden! Adds color and delicate sprays in the garden!!! Always a long lasting treat!!!
Love the colors!
from Roseburg, Oregon
I have used this plant in the Nevada desert, on the Oregon coast, and inland in the Pacific Northwest. Has always been a great addition to my gardens. I like it with other white flowers like Baby's breath or Allysum.
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from Silver Spring, MD
from Gobernador, NM
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Husker Red Penstemon
from Baton Rouge, LA
Had this when I lived in Missouri. Not as prolific as it was there and I need to make sure it gets enough sun.
Husker Red all about the Foliage
About Me Master Gardener
This plant is perfect for my garden. The foliage alone makes it worthwhile. I have cardinalis and Rocky Mountain which have better floral displays, but nothing compared to the dark foliage of Husker red. My Husker Red is now in bloom, end of May, and the white flowers contrast with the Red feathery blossoms of my Claire Austin poppies.
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from Parker, CO
These are my favorite type of penstemon. I love the dark foliage and white flowers. I had one at my old house that did fantastic. I just planted two at my new house over the fall. They are both full and healthy this spring, even though we had a rough winter. They are on the southeast side of my house, in a fairly sheltered area. So far, the bunnies are leaving it alone.
from Russellville, Arkansas
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.
(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Not the plant for my garden
My rock garden may be the wrong environment for this plant.
Good Show for First Year
from Chicago IL
Lovely foliage that was evergreen (or ever-burgundy) here in Chicago. Nice performance for its first year.
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