Merton, also known as Strawberry Foxglove, grows to a maximum of 3-4 ft. This foxglove is biennial, it grows foliage the first year and blooms the second year. By letting seeds form, new Merton Foxgloves will self-sow and produce future generations. These new plants can be moved in their first year when they are still small. Please note that Merton will be shipped to you in its second year of growth, so you will have blooms.
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 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.
Perennial expert, Alan Armitage says, This is one of my favorite plants, and that's quite an endorsement. Perennial foxgloves have rosy-colored flowers, rather than the purple of the biennial. Many people call them strawberry red. Mr Armitage calls the color coppery-rose, and says passers-by never fail to notice the beautiful spires of bloom.
|Item Package Size|
Plant - 3" Pot
Digitalis grandiflora x purpurea
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Early to mid summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers
Biennial. Blooms second year.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|