Taller than Husker's Red, with darker bronze leaves. Topped with masses of bell-shaped, two-toned pink flowers. Foliage maintains its burgundy color all season. Penstemon Dark Towers is beautiful interspersed in the border for dramatic foliage contrast. Patent pending.
Penstemon are an American native with colorful tubular bell-shaped flowers. Does well in a drier climate and is drought resistant once established. Avoid too moist (wet feet). A good cut flower. Attractive to hummingbirds.
Best in loose, gravelly soil with good drainage. Pinching back taller varieties when about 12" tall will produce more compact plants. Can be divided every 3 -4 years in spring by digging mature rhizomes and replanting. Will self sow. Foliage can be trimmed after blooming to freshen. Clean up in fall or spring. May benefit from loose winter mulch in colder zones.