Chinese foxglove

Rehmannia elata

Chinese foxglove - Rehmannia elata

Common Name: Chinese foxglove
Genus: Rehmannia
Species: elata

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to October

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


  • Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies

From summer to autumn, wiry stems bear open clusters of foxglove-like flowers. Each of these exotic-looking flowers is a vibrant shade of purple-pink and has a paler throat with reddish spots. A short-lived perennial it can be overwintered in a greenhouse - or treated as an annual.

  • Garden care:Under glass surface-sow the seed onto good seed compost and keep at 13 -16įC. Prick out when the seedlings are large enough to handle, potting up into individual pots and growing on. Gradually harden off and plant out at 45cm intervals or pot into larger pots and move outside after all risk of frost has passed. Often taking just over one year to produce a flowering plant, they should be kept in pots which can be over-wintered under glass in colder areas.

  • Sow: February-May

  • Flowering: June-October