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Digitalis hybrida 'Camelot Lavender'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Foxglove

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

Characteristics:



Height:
  3-4 Feet
Spread:
  24-30 Inches
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Rebloomer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Formal
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point
Continuous bloom or rebloomer

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Pink' PP11860 CPBR1333
Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Hillside Black Beauty' PP9988 COPF
Common Name: Snakeroot-Black
4,5,6,7,8
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Geranium 'Katherine Adele'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
4,5,6,7,8
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Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchaud'
Common Name: Clematis
4,5,6,7,8
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Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Common Name: Bugleweed
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Papaver orientalis 'Royal Wedding'
Common Name: Poppy-Oriental
3,4,5,6,7
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Heuchera 'Green Spice' COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Fun Facts:

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."

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.