- Common Name(s):
- Foxglove beardtongue, White beardtongue
- Husker Red
- Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
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 bee: Osmia (Melanosmia) distincta.
- Late spring into early summer
- 2-4 ft.
- Smooth stems; opposite, lance-shaped to oblong, finely toothed leaves; basal leaves are elliptical
- 1 in. white or purple-tinged trumpet-shaped flowers in a terminal cluster; flower tube is abruptly swollen in the middle
- Sun, well-drained soil; fields, open woods, roadsides fields
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2680