Orchid foxglove

Digitalis 'Serendipity'

Orchid foxglove - Digitalis  'Serendipity'

Common Name: Orchid foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Cultivar: 'Serendipity'

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: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

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

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

A new and exciting foxglove which produces a robust rosette of foliage from which an upright flowerspike emerges in summer. It grows to 1.2m tall and is clothed with curious wavy-lipped flowers which look more like orchids than foxgloves. A hybrid of Digitalis 'Saltwood Summer', this is a stunning plant that is bound to become a talking point in your garden. These plants are mainly biennial although they will produce plenty of new sideshoots and self-seed relatively freely.

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. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the plant in early spring.

Similar Plants:

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea

Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea  'Pam's Choice'

Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice'

Orchid Foxglove - Digitalis  'Saltwood Summer'

Orchid Foxglove
Digitalis 'Saltwood Summer'