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 Song Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Purple,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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