Plant name: Beardstongue
Botanical name: Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Suggested by: Stephanie McDonald, Veseys Seeds
Virtues: This 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year has unusual foliage and clear white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds all season long.
Flower: Masses of white blooms on airy flower stalks.
Foliage: Rich bronze-red foliage.
Habit: 24 to 36 inches tall. (Does best in full sun and acid soil).
Season: Summer to frost.
Companions: Use ‘Husker Red’ as an accent plant or massed in borders.
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