Orchid Foxglove

Digitalis 'Saltwood Summer'

Orchid Foxglove - Digitalis  'Saltwood Summer'

Common Name: Orchid Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Cultivar: 'Saltwood Summer'

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: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, White
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: May to July

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

A relatively new foxglove with distinctive leaves and habit with a flower spike over 1.5m (5ft) tall. In May, cream buds open into pure white flowers with four curved petals splashed with red. This is a stunning plant that is bound to become a talking point in your garden due to the curious 'lipped' appearance of the flowers which look more like orchids than foxgloves. Although short-lived, given the right conditions it will perpetuate by self-seeding.

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 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-ro tted organic matter around the plant in early spring.

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