- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
When grown from seed, this biennial foxglove cultivar produces only a basal rosette of medium green, oblong leaves in the first year. Flowers are borne in terminal racemes (to 2') in the second year atop leafy, 3-4' tall spires arising from the centers of the basal rosettes. Pale apricot-orange flowers are pendulous, 2-3\ long, tubular and funnel-shaped, and are closely grouped along each spike. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Plant leaves are a source of the drug digitalis and are highly poisonous. Individual flowers resemble the snipped off fingers of a glove, hence the common name of foxglove."
- Full sun to part shade
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. Performs as a biennial and can be grown from seed sown directly in the garden in spring after last frost (for flowers the following year) May self-seed under favorable growing conditions.
Size and growth:
- 3.0 to 4.0 feet
- 1.0 to 1.5 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- June - July
- Pale apricot-orange
Showy flowers, Humming birds, and Orange
Tall spires provide striking color and good architectural height to the border and are particularly effective in front of dark backgrounds such as those provided by a wall or shrubs. Also effective in woodland gardens or naturalized areas.
Powdery mildew and leaf spot, if left untreated, can damage foliage considerably by late summer. Dense crowns may rot in soggy, poorly-drained winter soils. Potential insect pests include aphids, mealy bugs, slugs and Japanese beetle.