Digitalis purpurea 'Gloxinioides Group'
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ideal for naturalising in light woodland or wildlife-friendly areas of the garden, the somewhat ruffled flowers of this glorious foxglove come in shades of pink, yellow and purple. The flowers are rich in nectar and very attractive to bees.
- 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.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten
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Early flowering roses tend to come in shades of white, pink or purple-pink and most forms of the biennial foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, have toning flowers in similar colours. These appear in rose time, but carry on after the first rose flush has finishedRead full article