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Husker Red Penstemon

Bookend your growing season with this burgundy butterfly-attracting plant


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  • flowering dateMid spring to early summer
  • hardiness zone3-9
  • height24 - 36 inches
  • restricted statesAE AK GU HI PR
  • ship as4" POT
  • sun exposureFull Sun
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Blooms in spring and autumn
  • Attractive maroon-colored foliage
Penstemon, sometimes called Beardtongue, produces numerous bell-shaped springtime flowers that are quite showy. Tall racemes of color appear in mid spring, just as other flowers are beginning to break ground. After a summer rest, these flowers will spring back when the weather cools, ready to give you a second vibrant display. This sturdy, well-branched Husker Red variety will fit in beautifully with both your spring and fall scenery. White flowers with burgundy throats, along with shining maroon foliage, mix and match with mid-season springtime bulbs, and mingle nicely with garden mums on their second bloom. Attracts butterflies and pollinators, easy to grow and deer resistant. Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Product Details

  • botanical namePenstemon digitalis 'Husker Red
  • flowering dateMid spring to early summer
  • flower colorWhite
  • flower formA 24-to 36" spike holding numerous small, bell-shaped flowers, 1.5" in length
  • foliage typeBasal leaves are elliptic and stem leaves are lance-shaped to oblong.
  • formPerennial
  • growth rateMedium
  • hardiness zone3-9
  • height24 - 36 inches
  • planting instructionsPlant root with eyes just below the soil. Water well after planting.
  • pruningRemove spent flower stems to encourage development of new flowers
  • restricted statesAE AK GU HI PR
  • shipping seasonFall
  • ship as4" POT
  • soil requirementWell drained, dry to medium-dry soils.
  • spacing24 - 30 inches
  • spread24 inches
  • sun exposureFull Sun
  • watering requirementAverage to low water needs.
  • winter careMulch +/- 2"

Shipping Schedule

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Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2024 Fall Shipping Schedule
Zone Most Dormant Bareroot & Potted Perennials, and Shrubs
3A-4B 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
5A 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
5B 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
6A & 6B 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
7A 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
7B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
8A & 8B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
9A-9B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
10A-10B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
Last Order Date Zones 3A - 6B: 10/21/24
Zones 7A - 10B: 11/4/24

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