Foxglove penstemon

Penstemon digitalis

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Foxglove penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)
PEN-steh-mon dij-ih-TAL-iss
Genus:  Penstemon
This vigorous perennial bears elegant clusters of pure white flowers marked with purple or pale violet from early to late summer. Semi-evergreen basal rosettes and deciduous or semi-evergreen stems are also often marked reddish purple.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Easy to grow and cold hardy. Attracts bees.
Care:  Grow in well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Take softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer. Divide in spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, leaf spots, and Southern blight. Slugs and snails may damage young plants.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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