Husker Red Penstemon

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Create a dramatic accent with the deep burgundy foliage of this tough and reliable bloomer. Place among bright leafed plants to accentuate deep spring color. Performs better than others in hot, humid summers and wet winters. Hummingbirds love the showy spikes of white flowers. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationpen-STEE-mon dij-i-TA-lis
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 30 to 36 in. tall, 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Summer
Design IdeasThis perennial is a super showy native that will grow beautifully in most any garden. Tall red spikes stand up boldly in the perennial border and are essential in cottage gardens. It is equally at home in wild gardens, at the edges of meadows and prairies. For such a showy Foxglove-like flower, it does surprisingly well in dryland gardens. A mecca for hummingbirds.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)

Thrives in average to humus-rich, well-drained soils. Needs full sun for best foliage color. Prefers dry to moderate moisture; avoid wet, poorly-drained sites. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-10

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