Penstemon Husker Red

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Husker Red makes a neat plant with red-stemmed white flowers over red/maroon foliage. (Penstemon digitalis)

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Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 26-30" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 1PEN
One of the smaller Penstemons, this one makes a wonderful garden plant with its neat habit and stunning reddish stems and leaves.

There are over 250 Penstemon species, mostly native to our western states and Mexico. Their flowers range from blue to white to red, with several bi-colors. The common name, Bearded Tongue may surprise wildflower gardeners, since many of the the wild Penstemons are called Beard Tongue. But according to Allan Armitage and other perennial experts, Bearded Tongue is the correct common name for the perennials.

SKU 1PEN
Common Name Bearded Tongue
Botanical Name Penstemon digitalis
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 26-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Maroon tinged dark green leaves.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Native
Ships to Canada No

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American MeadowsPenstemon Husker Red
 
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5.0

Great for my Humming Bird Garden

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from Smethport, Pa

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Fragrant
  • Reliable Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Penstemon Husker Red:

    Laste start for my Humming Bird Garden but Looking forward
    to next year

     
    5.0

    Just started Humming Bird Loves it

    By 

    from Smethport, Pa

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Penstemon Husker Red:

      Basically Late start for my Humming Bird Garden Hope for better results next season

       
      5.0

      These flowers are elegant!

      By 

      from Colorado Springs Colorado

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Penstemon Husker Red:

        These are my favorite flowers in my perennial flower garden! they are so elegant and have a beautiful contrast, between the flower and foliage.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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