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DIGITALIS purpurea (CAMELOT SERIES)

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

DIGITALIS purpurea( CAMELOT SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Camelot Foxglove, Common Foxglove

General Description

These vigorous F1 hybrid foxgloves have a uniform habit and put forth large spikes of flowers. Mediterranean in origin, foxglove is a short-lived, clump-forming herbaceous perennial. In late spring to early summer, members of the Camelot Series bear erect spikes dense with tubular flowers of rose, white, lavender or cream. These have speckled throats and are attractive to bees. Plants flower consistently in the first and second year.

Foxglove grows best in full to partial sun and appreciates humus rich soil with average to good drainage. It gently self-sows but is not invasive. In fact, this compensates for the plant’s short life span—though seeded plants will not be true to seed. Old-fashioned and lovely, foxglove makes a fine addition to perennial borders or cottage gardens, and its blooms make excellent cut flowers.

There are potential health concerns regarding this plant. To learn more go to http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Digitpu.htm

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes