Flummoxed by foxglove!!

My white perennial foxglove with red spots and one flowering spike last year..... Has turned completely pink, multiple flowering stems but... There are stamens or anthers sticking out each side of the flower. And the flower is split in half. What the heck?!? Any clues???

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  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 196

    In botany white is a recessive gene very often. In layman's terms it is a freak and the seed of the plant will usually return to the "type". If this is the common foxglove that color is pink. Are you sure it's not a seedling from the original plant which has died? Foxgloves are not long-lived and grow very fast. I can think of no other explanation.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,426

    Red Dahlia - can you post us a pic please image

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  • I wish I could but I am an iPhone user but will add a link to twitter. It's meant to be perennial and it grew from the sme base just lots more flowering stems. I will post firstly...

    the pink one that has returned as it was last year and meant to be perennial

     

    then I will post the pink that's meant to be white that has funny funny flowers. Really I am lost. 

    Tracey

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,426

    I had a foxglove last year with amazing variegated leaves - I contacted the RHS who said that if any of it's seedlings had the same leaves they'd be interested - so far the seedlings are all plain green, but if I remember correctly the original one didn't show variegation until it's second year, so I shall keep watching out.  

    I think that foxgloves are pretty susceptible to genetic blips.  I had a couple of others last year that grew second flower spikes out of the top of the first ones - very odd. image

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ... Margaret Atwood
  • https://twitter.com/inky_trace/status/467910682651156480

     

    Happy viewing but you can see that the flowers are split in half and there are stamens sticking out of each side. Rather gutted as my farther bought me them both as a gift. First picture looks amazing and this one just looks well weird!!!

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,020
    The second plant looks deformed? I love Foxgloves but as you say RD,that's weird
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,426

    There are varieties of foxglove which have been bred to have split flowers - Pam's Split is one, and there are others. I shall google ..................

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ... Margaret Atwood
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,426

    Hmmm, the only one I can find at the moment is Pam's Split

    http://www.hayloft-plants.co.uk/Digitalis/Pam's-Split-1-young-plant/prod4324.html  

    and a very similar one, but I'm sure I've seen an orangey yellow one .............. 

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ... Margaret Atwood
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