Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' Tall White Beardtongue
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.
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
Moist forest gaps, bottomlands and prairies; Nova Scotia to Minnesota south to Texas and Virginia.
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.
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.