Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Husker Red Beard-Tongue

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

The Beard-tongues that are native to the eastern United States, are primarily rock outcrop species. They seem to thrive on thin soil, good drainage, and open shade or full sun. While technically classified as perennials, we've found that excessive soil richness may result in a short life for a Penstemon. They receive their common name of Beard-tongue because of the tuft of yellow hairs just outside of the throats of the flowers which resemble delicate Snapdragons. Penstemon 'Husker Red' is the Perennial Plant Association's 1996 Perennial of the Year. It was selected and introduced by Dale Lindgren of the University of Nebraska for its wonderful coloring. Foliage all year long is green and bronze-purple. The flowers are all white on dark almost black stems, and the average height is around 30 inches. This is one of our staples in perennial borders.



Rain Garden

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Hummingbird Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to culture



Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic,

Clay, Sandy

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


36 or taller, 24 to 36


Flower Color


Bloom Time

Early summer, Late spring

Typical Height





4, 5, 6, 7, 8





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