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Digitalis x mertonensis

Foxglove

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (20644)

Plant details

This species has typical tall spikes of large foxglove flowers but in an unusual crushed strawberry shade. It grows well and looks best in similar situations to the traditional foxglove - in a woodland clearing or amongst trees and shrubs which give it light dappled shade. Plants are rather short lived, often treated as biennials, but clumps can be lifted and divided annually after flowering and replanted in well prepared soil to extend their life. It is easy to raise from seed, and self-sown plants are likely to come true unless other foxgloves are grown nearby. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Digitalis

Species: x mertonensis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June


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