Losing my Husker Red penstemon...

alison(6b/OH)June 6, 2013

...to my cat!

What is it with Husker Red penstemon and cats?!?

In my last garden I tried several times to grow this. I'd had great success with other penstemons, and I love the Husker Red contrast of smoldering burgundy and green leaves with the crisp white flowers. But the cat I had then had a serious crush on this plant. He'd chew on it, frothing a little at the mouth. Once he'd killed it, he dug up the roots, and rolled in them, going into an ecstasy most cats reserve for high grade catnip. You couldn't interrupt him without eliciting grows and threats, and afterwards he had to sleep it off. Never touched any other penstemon, or any other plant, for that matter.

New garden, new cats, and I potted up a half dozen seedlings from the garden center to put on some more heft before I plant them out in the front yard. My longhair cat couldn't care less, but my Siamese will carefully pick his way thru the bakers rack of seedlings in recycled water bottles, grab the Husker Red, drag it out and gnaw on it. Over and over and over....

Anybody else have this problem?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
raee_gw

Alison, I had a husker red some time ago which just up'n'died for some reason. I never noticed the cat around it; they all hung out around the nepeta (including the cat form the neighbor 2 doors down). Maybe it was a cat that killed it and I just didn't notice. I haven't tried one since.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 8:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alison(6b/OH)

With some trepidation I went ahead and planted it in my front garden. We've got a ton of semi-feral cats in this neighborhood and the last thing I want is a bunch of drooling, crazed penstemon-hopheads rolling around in my yard.

Of course, that might be better than having them poop in the mulch, which is what they did last year....

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 2:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sunrisedigger(6a)

I'm scratching my head at the posted comments and how cats find our Husker variety irresistible--- My problem is finding a way to get my sad plant to actually grow.
It languishes here in fun sun , average fertility, air circulation, sheltered. I've thrown the book at it.
So, I tried moving it nearby with richer soil, same aspect and hoped for the best, Oh, I threw some gravel at the bottom of the hole for drainage-- Anybody know why it's stubborn ? thanks

    Bookmark   September 6, 2014 at 7:45PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Livingston seeds
Does anyone in the Columbus area know who still sells...
Photobug
What area forums does Marion IL fit into?
I just moved from NW GA Georgia Gardening to Southern...
organic_gardenhag
Coneflowers turning black
My purple coneflowers are turning black and breaking...
jenrog
pumpkin patch
my pumpkin patch started out really good but as it...
DarleneJ
Knock Out Roses - slow to come to life in Central Ohio
Hi All - My knock out roses are barely showing signs...
pauladd1963
Sponsored Products
Bover | Elea 03 Ceiling Light
YLighting
Lush Decor Lucia Red Valance
Overstock.com
Collette Tufted Storage Ottoman
$299.00 | FRONTGATE
Teardrop Side Table in Red
$149.00 | LexMod
Possini Euro Design Hanging Crystal 16 1/2" Wide Bath Light
Euro Style Lighting
Briar Dragonfly 18" Wide Dale Tiffany Pendant Light
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™