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Foxglove
Digitalis

 


Description: 
Most Foxglove varieties are described as a short-lived perennial rather than a biennial.  Foxgloves forms large rosettes of downy, green, oblong leaves from which numerous flower spikes emerge. This plant looks especially nice when planted along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers.

The name Digitalis is latin for "finger of a glove", which refers to the shape of the flowers. This is an important medicinal plant; the powerful drug digitalin is derived from it, which is used as a heart stimulant to treat heart disease.
 

Common Name: Foxglove
Botanical Name: Digitalis
Type: Short-lived Perennial or Biennial
Soil Preference: Foxglove prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soil that is enriched with humus.
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Attributes: Rabbit resistant, deer resistant, good cut flower
Pests: --
Diseases: --
Good Companion Plants: Astilbe, Bergenia, Coral Bells, Corydalis, Delphinium, Hardy Geranium, Tall Bearded Iris, Black Snakeroot
Care: Keeping this plant watered will result in better flowering and healthier foliage.  Propagation is recommended by letting the plant self-seed and using the resulting plantlets. It may also be grown from seed, but will take 2 years to flower.  If this plant is deadheaded, there is a much greater chance of it re-blooming.

Fertilize with Plant-tone, Flower-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Digtalis 'Camelot Rose'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Tall, stately spikes of large, deep rose pink flowers with burgundy interior spotting grace this perennial in early summer. Numerous secondary flower spikes extend the bloom time well into summer if plants are deadheaded. When not in bloom, enjoy the large rosettes of fuzzy, green leaves. This selection is described as a short-lived perennial rather than a biennial. It blooms the first year from seed.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24-30"


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

 

Digitalis purpurea 'Candy Mountain'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A rare first!  Candy Mountain is the first Foxglove ever to have upward facing flowers instead of the usual downward facing ones. With this new angle, viewers can easily see the beautifully speckled throats of these rose-pink blossoms.  They are produced on very strong, strictly upright stems in early summer.
Bloom Color: Rose-Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 12-24"


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Digitalis 'Dalmation Peach'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A fast growing, first year flowering perennial foxglove with a strong growth habit and pure colored flowers. The flowers open a pretty shade of pinkish peach and then lighten to a soft peach color with tiny orange speckled throats. Forms well-branched compact clumps of foliage.
Bloom Color: Peach
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 12"


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Photo courtesy of  Walters Gardens, Inc.

 

Digitalis 'Dalmation Purple'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  This first year flowering perennial foxglove received high scores in German trials.  It ranked well due to its strong growth habit, floridity, and intensely colored flowers.  Deep lavender purple flowers with heavily spotted maroon throats are produced all the way around the stems in early summer.  The basal foliage forms a compact clump and the plants are well-branched. Digitalis forms large rosettes of downy, green, oblong leaves from which numerous flower spikes emerge. It looks especially nice when planted along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers.
Bloom Color: Lavender Purple
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 12"


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Digitalis purpurea 'Giant Shirley'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A mixed palette of flower colors including white, light pink, deep rose, fuchsia, and yellow, all with dark purple spots inside, makes up the 'Giant Shirley' strain. These flowers appear in pendulous clusters on one-sided racemes and contain a sweet nectar that hummingbirds find irresistable. Though the flower spikes will typically reach heights of 3'-4', they have been known to grow as tall as 8'-9'.
Bloom Color: Mixed
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 12-24"


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Digitalis 'Goldcrest'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A relatively short, yellow flowering, sterile variety that blooms continuously from mid-summer into early fall.  Very strong, upright stems carry racemes of yellow-peach flowers with slight reddish-brown markings.  Dark green, semi-evergreen leaves.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18"
Spread: 12"


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Digitalis mertonensis
Strawberry Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description: Deep rose-pink flowers with a buff overcast appear in pendulous clusters on one-sided racemes and contain a sweet nectar that hummingbirds find irresistable. Digitalis mertonensis forms large rosettes of velvety, green, oblong leaves that make this plant attractive even when not in bloom. It looks especially nice when planted along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers.  Plants typically live for 2-3 years. However, divisions may be made every 2 years to maintain vigor or it can be propagated by seed.
Bloom Color: Rose-Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36"
Spread: 12"


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Digitalis obscura
Sunset Foxglove
zones 5-9
 
Description:  A rugged perennial species native to the mountains of Spain, Digitalis obscura is very different from the Foxgloves commonly offered. The brown and yellow bell-like flowers are strangely attractive; the upright woody stems and lily-like leaves are also ornamental. 
Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18"
Spread: 12"


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Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A unique color combination for a Foxglove, 'Pam's Choice' sports pure white, bell-shaped flowers with heavily speckled, maroon-purple throats. These flowers appear in pendulous clusters on one-sided racemes and contain a sweet nectar that hummingbirds find irresistable. Though this cultivar is actually a biennial, it will self-seed if the spent flowers are not removed and plantlets will appear around the parent, eventually taking its place. However, if this plant is deadheaded, there is a much greater chance of it reblooming.
Bloom Color: White w/maroon throat
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 12-24"


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Digitalis 'Polkadot Princess'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description: The well-branched, bushy plants have a uniform habit and evenly spaced flowers all around the stems.  Bright pink flowers bloom all season long, from early summer through early fall. Biennial.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 30-36"
Spread: 18-24"


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Digitalis purpurea 'Snowy Mountain'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description:Upward facing white flowers with speckled burgundy throats, very eye-catching. Strong and sturdy stems, an old-time favorite for the perennial border  Most are biennial but often reseed themselves in the garden. Grows best in partial shade and in moist, well-drained soil.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 12-24"


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Digitalis 'Spice Island'
Foxglove
zones 4-9
 
Description: An evergreen foxglove that just doesn't know when to stop blooming! This new hybrid foxglove has uniquely colored peachy-yellow flowers that are lightly dusted inside with nutmeg. They are presented on numerous densely-packed spikes which branch from the base of the plant, providing continuous color from summer into fall. Hummingbirds love to drink their sweet nectar!  Different than other foxglove with felt-like foliage, this selection has glossy, dark green, lanceolate leaves. Its habit is stiffly upright and displays good branching.
Bloom Color: Peach-yellow
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 48"
Spread: 12-24"
 
   
 
   
   
   
   
   

 


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