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Penstemon 'Dark Towers' - Beard Tongue
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Penstemon digitalis 'Dark Towers'

Beard Tongue

Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ is a clump-forming penstemon that typically grows 3’ tall. It is noted for its pink flowers and dark wine-red foliage. Foliage is an attractive dark maroon/wine red and generally retains good color throughout summer. 'Dark Towers' is similar to Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red', but differs by having darker red foliage that appears to maintain its dark red color better in summer, pink instead of white flowers, and slightly taller plant height. 

Beard Tongue Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants have some tolerance for drought, summer heat and humidity. Avoid wet, poorly-drained soils. Remove spent flowering racemes to prolong bloom. Plants may be cut back to basal foliage after flowering to improve appearance of the planting. 

Height:

18-36 in

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Spread:

12-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Penstemon digitalis 'Dark Towers'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Spring
Attributes
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Great Companion Plants for Penstemon digitalis 'Dark Towers'
Daylily Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Frosted Vintage Ruffles')
Yarrow Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'Saucy Seduction')
Speedwell Speedwell (Veronica spicata 'First Love')
Tall Bearded Iris Tall Bearded Iris (Iris germanica 'Carnaby')
Speedwell Speedwell (Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles')
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan')
Spirea Spirea (Spirea japonica 'Goldmound')
Similar Plants to Penstemon digitalis 'Dark Towers'
Beard Tongue Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red')
Beard Tongue Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red')