Strawberry Foxglove

Digitalis x mertonensis

Tall spires of strawberry pink tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. Quick to rebloom if old flowers are cut promptly. Essential for the lightly shaded border, or in woodlands or under trees. Excellent cut flower. Hardy perennial.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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LoreFirst-century Greek surgeon Dioscorides is said to have carried foxgloves with him when he traveled with Nero's army. It was often grown in cottage gardens in the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, herbalists recommended using the flowers to make a salve for skin afflictions. Today foxgloves are a source of digitalin, used in a drug used to treat heart problems. However, flowers and leaves are toxic if ingested. Not fit for human or animal consumption.
Average Size at MaturityFast growth to about 2 ft., 3 ft. or more in bloom, and 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring to late summer
Design IdeasAn exceptional spike flower for partially shaded borders. Naturalizes easily into woodland conditions where plants may self sow. Plant along shaded pathways and add to foundation planting. Particularly nice against white pickets, rustic unpainted ones and front porch railings of old farm houses.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCreate gorgeous compositions with King of Hearts Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'King of Hearts'), Woodside Gold European Columbine, (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Woodside Gold'), Japanese Painted Fern, (Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum') and Ice Dance Japanese Sedge, (Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance')

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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