Merton Foxglove

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Blooming in a lovely shade of coppery rose, Foxglove ‘Mertonensis’ brings tall stalks of bell-shaped flowers and tidy green foliage to the back border. Growing 3-4’ tall, this biennial foxglove is happiest in full to part shade gardens and is easy to care for. Cutting plants back to their base after flowers have faded may bring a second round of blooms. Deer resistant. (Digitalis x mertonensis)
Zones 4 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 36-48" tall , 12-24" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

Merton, also known as Strawberry Foxglove, grows to a maximum of 3-4 ft.  This foxglove is a short-lived perennial which can be treated in the garden as a biennial. It grows foliage in the first year, and blooms in the second year. Please note that our Merton will be shipped to you in its second year of growth, so you will have blooms!

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.

Merton Foxglove is the result of a breakthrough in 1928, when a cross between wild biennial foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and perennial foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora) was accomplished in Merton, England.

Perennial expert, Alan Armitage says, "This is one of my favorite plants, and that's quite an endorsement." Merton foxgloves have rosy-colored flowers, rather than the purple of the wild 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.

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Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Merton Foxglove
Botanical Name
Digitalis grandiflora x purpurea
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
8-12" flowers
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Growth Rate
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
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Acidic Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers, Rabbit Resistant
Additional Information
Biennial. Blooms second year.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Leaves are extremely toxic when ingested.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of April 24th, 2023
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of April 10th, 2023
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