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Digitalis purpurea, native to Europe, is a showy, biennial foxglove.  Don't let the word "biennial" deter you.  If you can get biennial foxglove started in your garden, you will have it somewhere there each year.  It is one of the showiest and most beautiful plants known to man.  "Sutton's Apricot" is new to me, so I don't have a photo yet (the one above is not "Sutton's Apricot"), but it is a soft, apricot pink with an ivory spotted throat.   It grows in full sun to partial shade in average soil that is of medium moisture and well drained.  It is advised to cut these back after blooming (sometimes they will rebloom with shorter stalks), but don't listen to them.  By all means, let it go to seed and then collect some yourself and scatter them wherever you want more to grow and let the rest self-sow.  I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want more.  Whether you sow the seeds outdoors or indoors, be sure to just scatter them on top of the soil; they need light to germinate. 

 

About toxicity.  Digitalis is toxic to humans and animals, but in all of the many years I have grown it, I have never lost a dog, cat, or human.  On the positive side, it is deer-proof.

 

Note:  So that you don't have to wait for two years between blooming of your plants, it's best to start off with one that is in its second year and one in its first.  

Digitalis purpurea "Sutton's Apricot" (Foxglove)

$7.95Price
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