Husker Red Penstemon

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Penstemon Husker Red (Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red') is one of the most popular members of the Penstemon family! It even won Perennial of the Year! The colorful tubular bell-shaped flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds in droves. The flowers range from pure white to a lovely pale pink, both of which contrast nicely with the maroon-tinged stems and leaves which give this plant its name!

Even after the spring-early summer flowers fade, the foliage stays lush through summer's heat. Beardtongue provides a nice early flowering display and the foliage slowly darkens and reddens over the season to provide continual interest. Incredible focal points in bouquets these showy flower spikes shoot up from rounded clumps of glossy green leaves and are blushed with dramatic purple overtones and dark seed heads for fall interest.

Hardy and adapted, Beardtongue are native American plants that grow wild on roadsides, by train tracks, and in meadows. If they will survive in those conditions, imagine how well they will do in your USDA growing zone 3 through 8 yards, regardless of size!

Planting and Application:

These are prime pollinator border and cut flower garden additions, and add upright form and texture to Perennial beds and Cottage Gardens! Ideal additions to a Wildflower garden, updated Prairie, or naturalized-looking modern Meadow planting! The native form of this plant is a larval Host Plant for many types of pollinators! Use as a tall thriller and focal point in large containers and half-whiskey barrel planters, you will love having these bold blooms close by!

Perfect for Fire-wise landscaping and Rock gardening, these showy and low-maintenance plants look incredible when planted in mass. These are tough and easy to grow, and tolerate a wide variety of conditions - including xeriscaping, hot dry sites, and along sunny pathways and hell-strip locations!

  • White Spikes of Flowers Darken to Pinkish-Maroon
  • Dramatic Greenish-Purple Foliage Color
  • Upright Mounding Herbaceous Perennial
  • Low Care & Hardy Native Selections
  • Pollinator-Friendly & Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Specimen, Rock Gardens, Borders & Container Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Penstemon flower best in full sun and in well-drained soil conditions, preferring average soil types on the lean side. Provide regular moisture access throughout their first year, and avoid soils that are too moist, though, as Husker Red will drown. But these tough perennials are drought-resistant once it's established and waterwise!

Mulch around their crowns well. Very cold tolerant, you can leave these seed heads as winter interest and attract songbirds, or deadhead them to tidy up the mounds in fall. Prune back the foliage in late fall after frost, and to maintain vigor, divide every few years.

  • Blooms Best in Full Sun
  • Average Fertility & Well-Drained Sandy Soil
  • Regular to Low Moisture & Appreciates Mulch
  • Xeric & Drought-Tolerant Once Established
  • Deer & Rabbit-Resistant

This plant makes a stunning display with its brilliant pink and white flowers against a backdrop of deep red foliage! This all-star Penstemon will be your new favorite garden thriller! So hurry and order today at!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Husker Red Penstemon Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained Sandy
Moisture Average to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Reddish Tinged
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn