Digitalis x mertonensis
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||First-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 Maturity||Fast growth to about 2 ft., 3 ft. or more in bloom, and 2 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring to late summer|
|Design Ideas||An 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Hummingbirds, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Acidic Soil|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Create 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