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As lovely as the biennial foxgloves are, my favorites have always been the perennial foxgloves like this one.  They may not have as much curb appeal as the biennials, but they are not lacking in beauty or refinement.  I consider them the aristocrats of the garden.  This one has pale yellow blooms that go all the way up the 2-3 foot stalks.  It grows in Zones 4-9 in part sun to part shade and in moist, well-drained soil.  I have grown this foxglove for more than 30 years in two parts of the state.  I have never had a problem with it reseeding and becoming weedy, something I see mentioned in descriptions of this plant.  I have yet to see any foxglove become "weedy"  and wonder if it's even possible.   And if it is possible, then I'm all in.  I've rarely gotten more than a handful of volunteers, which is why I need to grow it for myself from time to time.  It is also said that it is short-lived, but this has not been my experience.  Here is an example of people taking the word "perennial" in plants to mean to last forever.  No plant lasts forever.  It only means that it is not an annual or a biennial.  That's all it means.  It is also described as often needing to be divided, but I have never had to do that.  And, if it needs to be divided, how did it live such a short life and get so big?  I wonder who writes these descriptions.  I think they might borrow from the same sources rather than growing the plants themselves and writing from experience.  There is a lot of misinformation out there, and like everything else, you have to decide for yourself by, in this case,  actually growing it.  The reward will be twofold:  you get a beautiful perennial in your garden, and you get to become the one with the knowledge.

Digitalis lutea (Straw Foxglove)

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