Digitalis hybrida 'Camelot Lavender'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Tall, stately spikes of large, white flowers with interior lavender shading and burgundy spotting grace this perennial in early summer. Numerous secondary flower spikes extend the bloom time well into summer if plants are deadheaded. When not in bloom, enjoy the large rosettes of fuzzy, green leaves.
This selection is described as a short-lived perennial rather than a biennial. It blooms the first year from seed.
Digitalis forms large rosettes of downy, green, oblong leaves from which numerous flower spikes emerge. It looks especially nice when planted along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers.
Origin: Not Native to North America
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
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Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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Foxglove prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soil that is enriched with humus. Keeping this plant watered will result in better flowering and healthier foliage. In most climates, partial shade is best, though it will grow in full sun in northern regions.
Propagation is recommended by letting the plant self-seed and using the resulting plantlets. It may also be grown from seed, but will take 2 years to flower.
The name Digitalis is latin for "finger of a glove", which refers to the shape of the flowers. This is an important medicinal plant; the powerful drug digitalin is derived from it, which is used as a heart stimulant to treat heart disease.
Foxglove tends to grow on slopes where fox's burrows are found, hence the "fox."