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Husker Red Beardtongue

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 24 - 30 Inches
  • Mature Spread 24 - 30 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

Husker Red Beardtongue is a dazzling low-maintenance perennial that will stand out in a landscape. Deep red foliage has hints of purple and slightly bends at the midrib. The leaves grow in clumps on color-coordinated upright stems. Lovely white flowers with pink accents bloom from June through July and have a tubular structure and notched rounded edges. By fall, the Penstemon digitalis Husker Red goes to seed and serves as a food source for small birds.

This plant has upright stems and a mounded growth habit. Feature this beauty in beds, borders, or containers. Cover a foundation wall or add unexpected color to a landscape. Husker Red Beardtongue is a native plant, so give it time to acclimate, and this plant will not need much care. Butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to the unique blooms. This easy-to-grow plant is a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 8.

Husker Red Beardtongue Care

Plant in partial to full sun. Water weekly, although plants in containers or warm climates will need water more frequently. Soil should be rich and well-drained. This plant is not a heavy feeder, especially in rich soil. A single application of balanced fertilizer each spring will support new foliage and blooms.

Remove the seed pods to prevent the plant from self-seeding, or leave the seed pods in place so they can serve as a food source for small birds. Trim the growth by one-third after the flowers fade and trim back all growth after the first frost. Divide the plant every few years as needed.

Husker Red Beardtongue Spacing

This upright plant will grow 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart to create a dense planting.

Husker Red Beardtongue Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Perennials
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 24 - 30 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: June through July
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Red
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Low Maintenance, Native to North America, Award Winner
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Husker Red Beardtongue
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.