General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Full sun for best foliage color.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year

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Common names
  • Foxglove Penstemon
  • Penstemon
  • Beard Tongue
  • Pride of the Mountain
Also sold as:
  • Husker Red

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Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-01
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-03
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: May 11 2020
Lovely color
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2010-06-27
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-05-02
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-25
Location: My zone 3a garden
Date: 2014-06-04
Location: Garden that used to be my lawn
Date: 2017-06-09
Location: My zone 3a garden
Date: 2014-05-21

Photo Courtesy of Garden Perennials. Used with Permission.
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Location: Wisconsin
Date: 2012-03-27
Zone 4 Wisconsin
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2018-04-30
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: October
seed pod & seeds
Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Date: Spring 2013
Huskers Red Penstemon blooms.
Location: N Ga
Date: 05/27/2007

Date: 2018-06-01
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-06-08
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-05-25
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: late May
single bloom close-up
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: may
showing red leaves
Location: NJ
Date: 2017-07-15
Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565
Date: 2016-06-06
Location: My zone 3a garden
Date: 2014-05-22
Location: My zone 3a garden
Date: 2014-05-22
Location: IL
Date: 2014-06-18
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-06-01
In front if Daves wall garden did well!
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-06-01

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: IL
Date: 2013-04-03

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: my garden; west side
Date: 2014-05-13
returns yearly
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2016-05-16
FFO
Location: West border
Date: June 2010
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-05-01
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-05-01
Location: Sun Zone 6a
Date: 2012-05-31
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-25
Location: SunZone 6a
Date: 2013-06-16
Location: NJ
Date: 2013-06-19
Location: Maine
Date: 2017-06-18

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2016-05-08

Date: 2004-06-10
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-06-05
Photo by jon
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Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-14
Location: My garden zone 5
Date: 2019-06-13
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Date: 2012-04-02

Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 2016-03-26

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Location: Part Shade Pittsford NYZ6a
Date: 2011-06-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jul 15, 2013 3:51 PM concerning plant:
    The foliage of this plant is a deep burgundy-purple in the spring. As it matures, it turns green. Both green and purple foliage may be seen on the plant at the same time. The stems are also deep purple-burgundy, bearing delicate spikes of white bell-shaped flowers in the spring. This plant is stunning planted with Queen of the Night tulips and dark purple heuchera.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 17, 2018 7:52 PM concerning plant:
    This is the most common cultivar of the Foxglove Beardtongue that is sold in the midwestern & eastern US. It is sold by most conventional nurseries. It differs from the mother species in having red-purplish foliage.
  • Posted by dnrevel (Michigan - Zone 6a) on Mar 18, 2021 6:58 PM concerning plant:
    Husker's Red is a plant that grew on me. It's a reliable perennial that withstands 6a cold winters well and spreads slowly. Year by year I find a new plant here and there, worthy to transplant to a new place where its lovely dark, contrasting foliage adds dimension to in mid-range and at the back of borders. It makes lovely cut flowers and foliage as well.
  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 25, 2014 4:42 AM concerning plant:
    Maybe it's the heat or my poor soil, but this does tend to splay out and flop at the height of bloom. To remedy this, I use a small tomato cage set around the plant when it first comes up in the spring. When I've waited too long, I've also used a small tomato cage snipped in half to sort of wrap around the plant. The plant grows quickly in spring, so within a week the support is hidden.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 5:29 AM concerning plant:
    The Beard-tongues (Foxglove Penstemon) that are native to the eastern United States are primarily rock outcrop species. They thrive on thin soil, good drainage, and open shade or full sun. While technically classified as perennials, excessive soil richness may result in a short life for a Penstemon. They receive their common name of Beard-tongue because of the tuft of yellow hairs just outside of the throats of the flowers. The flowers resemble delicate Snapdragons. Penstemon 'Husker Red' is the Perennial Plant Association's 1996 Perennial of the Year. It was selected and introduced by Dale Lindgren of the University of Nebraska for its wonderful coloring. Foliage all year long is green and bronze-purple. The flowers are all white on dark almost black stems, and the average height is around 30 inches.
Plant Events from our members
gardengus On June 2, 2016 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On May 30, 2015 Obtained plant
MissMew On August 22, 2018 Transplanted
Moved to north side of pieris
MissMew On May 24, 2018 Obtained plant
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RoseA32 On May 3, 2020 Obtained plant
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dnrevel On May 12, 2012 Obtained plant
Bought this plant and was lukewarm about it initially. In the years that followed, it grew on me.
GoTilly On June 14, 2022 Bloomed
GoTilly On June 9, 2021 Bloomed
GoTilly On April 8, 2021 Plant emerged
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