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The Foxglove Story The very important Wild Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea is a native of the UK, naturalized in the US, and famous for being used for Digitalis, the life-saving heart medicine. However, Wild Foxglove is a biennial which often makes it undependable in perennial plantings. But since the twenties, there have been beautiful perennial foxgloves too, a little shorter, but just as beautiful as the towering purpureas.
The great breakthrough came when a cross was accomplished in Merton, England in 1928 between the famous biennial wildflower and the perennial species, Digitalis grandiflora. The perennial foxglove has ever since been called Digitalis mertonensis, named after the town. However, Mertonensis gives us only one color.
Now, the Foxy Hybrids take their places in the foxglove line-up, bringing all the colors back with the biennial issue solved.
|Botanical Name||Digitalis Dalmation Purple|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Half Sun / Half Shade|
|Mature Height||24-36" tall|
|Estimated Mature Spread||12-18" wide|
|Bloom Time||Early to mid summer|
|Planting Depth||Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Acidic Soil|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Cut Flowers|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.
You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.
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Comments about American Meadows Foxglove Dalmation Purple:
I ADORE my foxglove! The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is it does seem to be a little finicky to make happy (at least in Florida). But if you find the right light and soil, you will be SO RICHLY REWARDED! I had 4 plants to start with. 2 did not make it. I believe they did not like full Florida sun. Among the 2 that made it, one was planted in quite a bit of shade and it just now leafing out. I actually though it had died, but it's definitely popping through the leaves again! But one of them? ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! It is planted beneath an oak tree where it receives a nice dose of full sun in the morning until about 11/noon time. Then it's shaded the rest of the day... And it is COVERED in blooms and just keeps bushing out bigger and bigger! I wasn't sure if its proximity to the oak would be a problem, but they seem to adore each other:) So if in Flroida give yours morning sun and it will LOVE YOU!
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