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Penstemon Digitalis ‘Husker Red’

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Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: 1998, 1999

Good Qualities

Year 2

A nice, pretty early flower. It works so well in bouquets and my customers buy lots of stems. It has a long bloom time and I often use the seed pods in the fall. I love the purple foliage, as well; Early, long stem; Nice red stem and foliage. Delicate bloom with 7-10 day vase life; Lots of flowers in short time; Great foliage, long flower spikes; I took cuttings because I liked the plant. It yielded about 4 or 5 stems per plant. Have taken cuttings again. Will take cuttings each fall. Great color and different.

Problems

Year 2

None; Skinny stem and not a very dramatic flower. Plants don’t all overwinter; Not well known. Flowers are not huge; Too bland flower color; Need support.

Comments

Year 1

Plants flowered for southern participants but not for northern or western participants. All are alive and doing well (4); I already grow this one and just love it. It produces like crazy with pretty flowers and long stems.

Year 2

I have been growing this one for several years and I really love it; I already had this plant from 1996. I still have. It’s okay but not worth planting more; Good plant, nice in landscape, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds but not florists, sells slowly.

Trial Data

Year 1

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Yield (stems/plant)¹ Stem Length (inches)¹ Market Appreciation Rating² Repeat Again Rating² Ease of Cultivation Rating²
Average 1.5 13.0 1.8 1.8 4.5

¹Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

²1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Yield (stems/plant)¹ Stem Length (inches)¹ Market Appreciation Rating² Repeat Again Rating² Ease of Cultivation Rating²
Average 19.2 33.2 4.0 4.2 4.7

¹Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

²1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Grow’n Sell
320 Lower State Rd.
215-822-1276
FAX 215-997-1770

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