Statuesque stems of cream and bronze florets stand tall from mid to late summer. The flowers boast a blush of gold, detailed mahogany lines and a putting, cream lip. The plant is covered in soft hairs, which reflect it’s common namesake of Woolly Foxglove. The 3-5cm florets are numerous and open in all directions around the stem.
It’s other common name of Grecian Foxgloves tells the tale of its origin, and indicates that it is more heat and dry tolerant and can prosper in poorer soils than most Digitalis. The flowers are followed by green, hairy seed capsules.
This inspiring, showy plant is a striking addition to any garden and adds a nice element of vertical colour. Foxgloves, or digitalis look best grouped toward the middle, or back of a bed, where their tall blossoms will shine. Bees and other beneficial pollinators love these blooms – though if you want to use them as cut flowers try to pick them before the bees discover them – once pollinated they tend to drop.
Plant Foxgloves into well drained soil, water in and keep moist in active growth – this one doesn’t like to sit in water. Frost hardy to -20C. This short lived perennial sets viable seed which can be left to naturalise, or collected for sowing. They will flower from the seed in their second year. Remove spent flowers to encourage more. They are semi evergreen, going dormant in winter in cold climates.
The individual flowers are about the size and shape of a thimble. Fairies are said to have sewn gloves for foxes from their petals.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade