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So they never set seed, however with normal foxgloves you can use root division to increase stock, think it'll work? (Or do you want me to take the plunge and let you all know? )


I have some being delivered in April so would really like to know

I've taken seeds from last year's foxgloves and they've grown to plants in pots which I'll put out in March but the original plants haven't kept going. I think I'm going to have to do this every year.

Gardening Grandma

British foxgloves, of course, are biennial, flowering in the second year and then dying. Perennial foxgloves can be grown from seed, too. I have looked for a method of taking cuttings, but perhaps these do not succeed.


Dahlia slave, are we talking about the same plant? These new perenial foxgloves I understood to be sterile. The traditional foxglove doesn't last very long, but self seeds (even into pea sized gravel)


The new foxgloves, illumination pink, are supposedly truly perennial. Got mine last autumn and they're growing fast. I would expect to be able to plait them, maybe next year. I believe they are sterile so no seed production. Artjak, they look vigorous enough and Im fairly confident they will flower this summer. Learning slowly, you're not,thinking of splitting these soon are you?
Gardening Grandma

Digitalis grandiflora and digitalis lutea are short-lived perennials that can be propagated from seed. Newer hybrid  foxgloves tend to be sterile but apparently not all of them are, for example Polkadot Polly.

I have just received the new foxglove and look forward to seeing how they do.  The plants received certainly look healthy enough and as Verdun says they are supposedly perrenial and sterile so wont swamp the garden.


yes, yes,  we all know about the biennial, which is NOT what we are talking here, I'm talking about the NEW perennial which produces no seeds at all, however, as you can propagate biennials by root division at the 1st year stage, I'm wondering if it's possible to get extras without it costing £3 a plant!!


In theory yes BrummieBen, I have a biennial, and have sown seed from it last year, plus I have some Apricot seeds thanks to Bev, I am also having some plants delivered in a month. I am hoping that once I have a few different ones I can do some root division aswell as seed spreading so I have quite a few of them every year. 

Brummieben, yes I think you will be able to split these new perennial foxgloves. That's what I intend doing in a couple of years

excellent, I'll be buying both sorts, there is the pink and the gold, be nice if we can keep up to date with these 'miracles' lol! More to the point, come autumn, can we get more plants! Look forward to seeing the results. regards

I'm envious BrummieBen, I've only got the pink ones but the gold look good. Just checked mine and they have filled their 1 litre pots so potting on again in a few moments. I agree it will be good to compare notes on their progress and our opinions of them during the season. We can compare all the hype with reality.
Oakley Witch
Bugger. They floer the pop their clogs? I thought tgey kept coming back
Sam, the new foxgloves DO keep coming back. That's why they are different.


Errrmm.... mine all died - T & M have offered me replacements - "Which" report that they are not true perennials.....


They're certainly not hardy perennials which is what they were originally said to be.


Yep as per the other thread, my very large plant didn't over winter. 

I would advise anyone with them this year to treat as half hardy and keep them in pots rather than in the ground, and plan to overwinter in a greenhouse/coldframe or something. (bare in mind i'm in newcastle so you may have more luck down south )


Oh dear, mine finally arrived and are now in the ground

I purchased three of each colour last year and pleased to say the pink one has co me into growth and are romping away again but my gold ones only few feet away in same bed look like all three are dying off. Have any of you seen a difference in growth habits of the two colour types . Lifted one but no sign of pest attack I am puzzled