Penstemon 'Husker's Red'

Penstemon 'Husker's Red'

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The maroon, upright stems shoot up in spring and are decked out in midnight red leaves. Come summer, white, blushed baby pink flowers mass above the dark foliage creating quite a show. A vigorous Penstemon with a strong disposition, 'Husker's Red' will endure all manner of weather and conditions.
The red leaves gradually begins to turn deep green as summer and autumn heat the days, returning to red in the cool weather.
Penstemon 'Husker's Red' is a strong growing, dry tolerant perennial with rosettes of semi evergreen foliage. It was the 1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year. The new leaves are maroon red, maturing to emerald green.
Beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies flock to the flowers. The flowers will even last well in a vase.
Happy in poor, to moderately fertile, or humus rich, well drained soils. Water to establish then only if rainfall is low, they become dry tolerant once they establish. It is a good idea to prune them back to the woody base in early spring to promote healthy growth. They tend to rot in boggy soils, so it is a good idea to ensure there is adequate drainage. Rabbits are rarely interested in Penstemon, but slugs and snails are easily tempted, so it is a good idea to offer them some protection.
Penstemon are commonly known as Beardtongue.

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm



Botantical name

Penstemon digitalis






Summer to autumn


Cool to Mediterranean


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy


Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as



7.5 cm

Water needs