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Penstemon Husker Red

No longer available this season.
Husker Red makes a neat plant with red-stemmed white flowers over red/maroon foliage. (Penstemon digitalis)
key features
Botanical Name
Penstemon digitalis
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
26-30" tall
Bloom Time
Early to late summer


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.