Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' Beardtongue



Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' has red-flushed green foliage that turns an attractive burgundy-maroon in winter. 'Husker Red' forms an upright clump that is topped by spikes of tubular white flowers in early summer. It is very attractive to pollinators. An evergreen perennial, Penstemon 'Husker Red' was selected as the 1996 'Perennial Plant of the Year' by the Perennial Plant Association.

Commonly referred to as Beardtongue, Penstemon is an extensive genus of flowering plants native to North America. 'Husker Red' is a cultivar of Penstemon digitalis, which is native to most of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S.

Penstemon 'Husker Red' prefers full sun and well-drained gritty or sandy soil. It is tolerant of drought and coastal conditions.


  • Common Names: Beardtongue
  • Zones: 2-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Requires well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 30-36"
  • Width at Maturity: 24"
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Late spring early summer

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

When deadheading, cut the flowering stems back to the basal foliage (the mound of leaves at the base of the plant).

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will be held until late August/early September when our fall shipping season begins. We stop shipping plants every summer due to the high temperatures. We appreciate your patience!

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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