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Penstemon digitalis

Common Name(s):
Foxglove beardtongue, White beardtongue
Cultivar(s):
Husker Red
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

Penstemon digitalis is a clump forming perennial that grows up to 5 feet tall in prairies, wood margins and open woods. The cultivar Husker Red may stand two to three feet tall and its flowers are white, tubular, two-lipped with a tinge of pink, on erect stems. The leaves are maroon, giving this cultivar its name.

Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds and bees.  Members of the genus Penstemon support the following specialized beeOsmia (Melanosmia) distincta.

Season:
Late spring into early summer
Height:
2-4 ft.
Foliage:
Smooth stems; opposite, lance-shaped to oblong, finely toothed leaves; basal leaves are elliptical
Flower:
1 in. white or purple-tinged trumpet-shaped flowers in a terminal cluster; flower tube is abruptly swollen in the middle
Site:
Sun, well-drained soil; fields, open woods, roadsides fields
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
ncemgva2018, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, hummingbirds, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2680

Penstemon digitalis Penstemon digitalis
David-Heise, CC BY-NC - 4.0
Penstemon digitalis Penstemon digitalis
Andrey-Zharkikh, CC BY - 4.0
Penstemon digitalis Penstemon digitalis seeds
Andrey-Zharkikh, CC BY - 4.0
Pentstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
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