Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' (Scrophulariaceae)
Red Beard Tongue
1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year. This is an eastern species that grows larger and tolerates more moisture and shade and richer soil than its western cousins. As the name implies, 'Husker Red' has burgundy foliage, most pronounced on the new growth. New leaves emerge in spring as a clump, which quickly begins to shoot upward to 3', crowned by late spring 1" tubular white flowers. Beautiful in groups or masses; fading flower stalks add interesting texture for several weeks after bloom. Native.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Qt.