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Plants We Love: Beardstongue

Blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while foliage has striking appearance.
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Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’

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Stephanie McDonald, Veseys Seeds

This 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year has unusual foliage and clear white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds all season long.

Masses of white blooms on airy flower stalks.

Rich bronze-red foliage.

24 to 36 inches tall. (Does best in full sun and acid soil).

Summer to frost.

Use ‘Husker Red’ as an accent plant or massed in borders.

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