Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' - Tall White Beardtongue
Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' - Tall White Beardtongue
Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' - Tall White Beardtongue

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' - Tall White Beardtongue

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Bird FriendlyButterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart Shade
DESCRIPTION
Tall White Beardtongue
Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Beautiful, lettuce-like, deep red leaves give rise to thick spikes of white flowers. Butterflies visit the flowers for nectar and songbirds such as cardinals and goldfinch eat ripe seed from the flower stems in fall and winter.

BENEFITS
  • Easy-to-grow, profuse white flowers on strong deep red stems
  • Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators, especially bumblebees
  • Rich bronze red deer resistant foliage
  • Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1996)
  • Good cut flower blooming late spring to early summer
  • Songbirds feed on seed
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Moist forest gaps, bottomlands and prairies; Nova Scotia to Minnesota south to Texas and Virginia.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts

 

Butterflies and bees contribute to a healthy ecosystem by moving pollen from one flower to another (fertilization) so seeds will form and new plants are created.

 

GROWING TIPS

 

Easy to grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil. Needs full sun for best foliage color. Leave old flower stems standing to provide seed for songbirds.

 

Mature Size: 24-30in. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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