Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea 'Suttons Apricot'

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea  'Suttons Apricot'

Common Name: Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Species: purpurea
Cultivar: 'Suttons Apricot'

The Latin translation of the word Digitalis refers to the shape of the flower; resembling the finger of a glove.

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Stately spires of tubular apricot flowers appear in June and July held above rosettes of large hairy dark green leaves. This unusual apricot-coloured foxglove looks marvellous dotted through the back of a cottage-style scheme or for adding height and drama to a shady border. Flourishing in sun or shade it makes an excellent companion for plants with purple or plum foliage or flowers.

All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested and contact with the foliage may irritate skin.

  • Garden care: Ensure that the soil is kept moist in summer. After flowering cut back the flowered spikes to encourage more sideshoots. Cut down to the ground after flowering. Apply a generous 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the plant in early spring.

    These plants are mainly biennial although if happy they will produce plenty of new sideshoots and self-seed freely


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