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Today’s special is our Strawberry Foxglove. These are growing in 1 inch plug containers and are 2 to 4 inches tall for only $1.23 each!
Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade. Soil must not be allowed to dry out. A short-lived perennial which self-seeds under favorable growing conditions, and may be best treated as a biennial. If grown as a perennial, plants should be divided every 2 years to maintain vigor.
Characteristics: This foxglove is a tetraploid, hybrid, short-lived (often lives only 2-3 years) perennial which is a cross between D. purpurea (biennial) and D. grandiflora (perennial). Flowers are larger than those of either parent and are borne in terminal racemes atop leafy, 3-4′ tall spires arising from the centers of basal rosettes. Pendulous, 2-3″ long, tubular, funnel-shaped, coppery-rose flowers are closely grouped along each spike. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Large (6-8″ long), medium green, velvety leaves usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. Leaves also are a source of the drug digitalis and are highly poisonous. Blooms in early summer. Individual flowers resemble the snipped off fingers of a glove, hence the common name of foxglove. Zones 4 to 8.
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