Worth the wait, crossed D canariensis with D grandiflora two years ago. Resulting plants 2 ft tall and like D grandiflora but orange flowers. Only grew on a…
Digitalis genus (Foxglove). There are about 20 species of biennials and perennials some of which are evergreen. It will bear tall spikes of tubular, 2-lipped flowers which will grow in various colours i.e. purple-shades, white, cream, yellow and pink. The leaves are simple mid-green and entire or toothed. Digitalis is a drug widely used in modern medicine for the control of ventricular response in atrial fibrillation and the treatment of congestive heart failure. However, those un-trained in herbalism or medicine should treat this plant as poisonous.
Perennials or Biennials, Shrubs or Herbaceous
Grown for their flower spikes in summer.
The plants are hardy and will need sun or partial shade with humus-rich, well drained soil that does not dry out excessively.
Propagation is by seeds in the autumn or spring or by division in the spring.
Powdery mildew can be problematic. Harmful if ingested.
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