Penstemon Husker Red in a 4 inch pot


Penstemon Husker Red in a 4 inch pot



Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red,’ sometimes known as foxglove beardtongue, is a bushy perennial with sturdy, deep wine-red stems which typically displays about 50 large, bell-shaped, white flowers that have a hint of light pink. Each bloom is about 1 inch long. They rise above a quite pleasant, lush foliage of lance-shaped, rich, bronze-red leaves. They make for a versatile garden perennial, whether as a specimen or a cut flower. The blooms display from late spring through early summer and this type of penstemon plant grows to between 30 and 36 inches tall as well as 15 to 18 inches wide. These plants can add great vertical lines to a landscape. They can make a strong impact in beds, border, cottage gardens, rock gardens, or prairie plantings and they’re udea fir naturalistic planting schemes. They do best with full sunlight in fertile, dry-to-medium, well-drained soils. Chalk, loam, and sand work well, though they’re incompatible with clay. These plants are drought tolerant once established; they need very little water and almost no fertilizer. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators will be attracted in abundance, but the plants are resistant to deer and rabbits. They’re generally disease free, though the may be attacked by slugs, snails, glasshouse red spider mites, and eelworms. These plants propagate by seed, but the offspring are often variable, with murkier shades of flowers. They can also propagate by softwood cutting in early summertime or semi-ripe tip cutting between late summer and early fall. Clumps should be divided in the spring. They should be deadheaded after flowering unless their seeds are needed. Winter damaged growth should be tidied in early springtime.

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