DIGITALIS LUTEA FOXGLOVE GREAT FOR SHADY AREAS TALL SPIRES OF FLOWERS! $2.20 $0.75

“RARE AND EXQUISITE! SHADE LOVER DIGITALIS LUTEA IS AN EXCELLENT WOODLAND PLANT FOR SHADY AREAS. HARDY AND LONG LIVED, IN CULTIVATION SINCE THE 16TH CENTURY. TALL SPIRES AND RICH GREEN LEAVES. EASILY GROWN FROM SEED!

Digitalis lutea is a quite a different species to the traditional cultivated foxglove, with delicate flowers; it is an easily grown plant that is reliably perennial. Native to the Mediterranean and to North Africa, it has been cultivated since the 16th century in Britain.

This charming spring-blooming foxglove bears delicate 2cm pale cream-yellow tubular flowers on slender, upright stalks. Growing to just 60cm (24in) in height with a spread of 30cm (12in), the nodding, tubular flowers are borne along one side of the flower stems.

Longer lived than most other foxgloves, it is one of the few perennial species. Hardy to minus 15C, if grown from seed, it forms a leafy clump the first season and flowers the second.

Planted with other shade lovers such as Ferns, Hostas and Hellebores, it will add charming beauty to your woodland or shade garden. In partial shade, it assumes a more relaxed and graceful aspect than many other foxgloves, the stems often growing in curvy lines.

Digitalis lutea has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Cultivation:

Foxgloves are biennial which means that plants establish and grow leaves in the first year, it will send up large spikes, then flower and produce seeds in the second.

As a rule, they are hardy plants and can cope with any soil unless it is very wet or very dry. They are fairly disease resistant. If you cut the stalk down before it goes to seed, it will generally rebloom and, if you wish, you can reseed from the second showing.

Self-sown seedlings producing different shifting, untutored patterns of flowers each year, they can be easily transplanted to the location you want them to bloom. They are best transplanted when the leaves are about 10cm long. Make sure the newly moved plants are watered very well to help them establish.

Seed Saving:

Cover the flower spikes with paper bags (such as those used by bakers to wrap baguettes) to collect the seeds. When the seed heads have dried, shake them to remove the seed and scatter them where you want them to grow.

Digitalis is a source of digitalin used in cardiac medicine, it slows the heart. It tastes very bitter and causes irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth, actually causing pain and swelling. It also causes diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, so if it does get in, it soon comes out!

Because of these factors, it is not really a problem for animals, human or otherwise! Nevertheless, make sure kids and pets don’t muck about with these.

SEEDS, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Tolerant of a wide range of conditions, its ideal location would be in part shade in an area rich in organic matter, well drained, moist but not waterlogged. Although it will succeed in ordinary garden soil and will cope in full sun if the soil is moist, once established it is quite drought tolerant.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Autumn and Winter by pressing seeds on the damp soil surface 40cm apart. They need light to germinate.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Germination
14-21 days at 18-21°C

Maturity
125 – 140 days.

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Seed Count: 30
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