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Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red' (Penstemon 'Huskers Red')

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red'

Other names

Penstemon 'Huskers Red'

Genus

Penstemon Penstemon

Variety or Cultivar

'Huskers Red' _ Penstemon 'Huskers Red' is an upright, bushy, semi-evergreen perennial with lance-shaped, maroon-flushed, dark green leaves and racemes of bell-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers in summer.


Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red' is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Flushed pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Green, Flushed red in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Leaf and bud eelworms , Slugs , Snails Glasshouse red spider mite , Leaf and bud eelworms , Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering to maintain vigour. In autumn, cut back by 2/3 of plant height to prevent wind damage, leaving 1/3 to protect the crown from frost. Remove all old stems at the base in mid- to late spring once new shoots emerge at ground level.

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red' (Penstemon 'Huskers Red') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds and frost. Tolerates light shade. Protect with a dry winter mulch.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red'

Other names

Penstemon 'Huskers Red'

Genus

Penstemon Penstemon

Variety or Cultivar

'Huskers Red' _ Penstemon 'Huskers Red' is an upright, bushy, semi-evergreen perennial with lance-shaped, maroon-flushed, dark green leaves and racemes of bell-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers in summer.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Flushed pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Green, Flushed red in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Leaf and bud eelworms , Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering to maintain vigour. In autumn, cut back by 2/3 of plant height to prevent wind damage, leaving 1/3 to protect the crown from frost. Remove all old stems at the base in mid- to late spring once new shoots emerge at ground level.

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Penstemon digitalis 'Huskers Red' (Penstemon 'Huskers Red') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds and frost. Tolerates light shade. Protect with a dry winter mulch.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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