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My white perennial foxglove with red spots and one flowering spike last year..... Has turned completely pink, multiple flowering stems but... There are stamens or anthers sticking out each side of the flower. And the flower is split in half. What the heck?!? Any clues???

In botany white is a recessive gene very often. In layman's terms it is a freak and the seed of the plant will usually return to the "type". If this is the common foxglove that color is pink. Are you sure it's not a seedling from the original plant which has died? Foxgloves are not long-lived and grow very fast. I can think of no other explanation.


Red Dahlia - can you post us a pic please 

I wish I could but I am an iPhone user but will add a link to twitter. It's meant to be perennial and it grew from the sme base just lots more flowering stems. I will post firstly...

the pink one that has returned as it was last year and meant to be perennial


then I will post the pink that's meant to be white that has funny funny flowers. Really I am lost. 



I had a foxglove last year with amazing variegated leaves - I contacted the RHS who said that if any of it's seedlings had the same leaves they'd be interested - so far the seedlings are all plain green, but if I remember correctly the original one didn't show variegation until it's second year, so I shall keep watching out.  

I think that foxgloves are pretty susceptible to genetic blips.  I had a couple of others last year that grew second flower spikes out of the top of the first ones - very odd. 


The second plant looks deformed? I love Foxgloves but as you say RD,that's weird

There are varieties of foxglove which have been bred to have split flowers - Pam's Split is one, and there are others. I shall google ..................

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