Digitalis Goldcrest ('Waldigone' PP20937)
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Bred by David Tristram in the UK, this new grandiflora x obscura hybrid is a relatively short, yellow flowering, sterile variety that blooms continuously from midsummer into early fall. Very strong, upright stems carry racemes of yellow-peach flowers with slight reddish brown markings.
The dark green, semi-evergreen leaves are smooth and lance-shaped rather than fuzzy and wide like those of the D. purpurea hybrids. The plants are well-branched, ensuring a succession of blossoms over a long period.
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.
Breeder: David Tristram
Introducer: Plant Haven
Parentage: grandiflora x obscura hybrid
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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This plant prefers acidic, well-drained soil. Good drainage is essential, especially in the winter. Its dense, woody crown may rot in poorly drained soil. Watering this plant deeply but less frequently is better than watering lightly and often. In most climates, partial shade is best, though it will grow in full sun in northern regions.
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."