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

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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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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