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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Striking, maroon-red foliage with a dark green underlay distinguishes this Penstemon from other cultivars.  White flowers tinged with pink are borne on strong, upright stems in early summer. Penstemons are very drought tolerant perennials that are easy to grow and are rarely bothered by insects or diseases.  Plant them in full sun and watch as hummingbirds feast on their delicious nectar.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Penstemons should be grown in full sun and very well-drained soil to avoid root rot. Soil fertility need only be average, but a light mulch in winter is recommended. Use Penstemons in the border, for naturalizing, and for cut flowers.

Flower Color

White with a pink tinge

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

1-2 ft.

Good Companions

Paeonia 'Sarah Bernhardt', Geranium 'Rozanne', Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in the Summer), Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Blues'

Plant Height

2-3 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Dry to medium moisture

Characteristics & Attributes


Showy flowers, Colorful leaves , Beds, Borders, Cut flowers

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance


Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests