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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Tall White Beardtongue

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Beautiful, lettuce-like, deep red leaves give rise to thick spikes of white flowers. Butterflies visit the flowers for nectar and songbirds such as cardinals and goldfinch eat ripe seed from the flower stems in fall and winter.

Benefits

Easy-to-grow, profuse white flowers on strong deep red stems
Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators, especially bumblebees
Rich bronze red deer resistant foliage
Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1996)
Good cut flower blooming late spring to early summer
Songbirds feed on seed

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil. Needs full sun for best foliage color. Leave old flower stems standing to provide seed for songbirds.


Height
24-30 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Moist forest gaps, bottomlands and prairies; Nova Scotia to Minnesota south to Texas and Virginia.

Native Trivia

Butterflies and bees contribute to a healthy ecosystem by moving pollen from one flower to another (fertilization) so seeds will form and new plants are created.


"Hummingbirds and butterflies love the long blooming flowers; you'll love the red foliage as well."

Good Companions
Dwarf Wild Indigo (Baptisia minor)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Red
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin