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Foxglove penstemon

Penstemon digitalis

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Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

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 CharacteristicsEasy to grow and cold hardy. Attracts bees.

CareGrow in well-drained soil.

PropagationTake softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer. Divide in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, leaf spots, and Southern blight. Slugs and snails may damage young plants.

  • Genus : Penstemon
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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