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Husker Red Penstemon

Penstemon Digitalis

Husker Red Penstemon is one of the most popular Penstemon in its family. Being Perennial of the Year in 1996, it is a proven winner for most gardens. Beautiful, lettuce-like, deep red leaves give rise to thick spikes of white flowers. Best known for its maroon-red foliage, the white flowers make a wonderful contrast. Blooming in early summer, it has a plant height of 3 ft. and a spread of 12-18 inches.

 Being drought tolerant, Husker Red penstemon looks great in a perennial border, in a naturalized setting or for cut flower arrangements. Hummingbirds and butterflies love this perennial, not to mention being deer resistant. Husker Red penstemon is a beautiful plant, low maintenance, easy to transplant in spring, and very attractive to hummingbirds when in flower. Planted in mass it provides a nice early flower display and the foliage slowly darkens and reddens over the season to provide continual interest. Butterflies visit the flowers for nectar and songbirds such as cardinals and goldfinch eat ripe seed from the flower stems in fall and winter.  Plant Husker Red penstemon in full sun for the best foliage color.  Leave old flower stems standing to provide seed for songbirds.

These plants are currently growing in 4” pots in our greenhouse.  They will be shipped with moist material wrapped around their roots.


Price: 2 for $9.50

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