Digitalis × mertonensis
- Position: full sun to partial shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to July
- Flower colour: carmine-pink
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A beguiling and robust perennial hybrid, that forms clumps of glossy green, veined leaves from which upright spikes, bearing large, lemon-flushed-pink flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Ideally suited to the edge of a woodland garden or wildflower meadow, their flowers are much-loved by bees. These plants will self-seed freely and the resulting seedlings will come true to type. Digitalis are great for adding vertical interest to the border.
All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested and contact with the foliage may irritate skin.
- Garden care:Lightly press the seed onto the surface of a well-watered seed compost in mid to late spring and keep in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, pot on into individual cells and once they have developed a decent basal rosette of foliage they can be hardened off before planting out. They will usually start to flower in their second year.
- Sow: March-May
- Flowering: June-July
- Approximate quantity: 1000 seeds.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten
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