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Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

I just wondered if anyone has tried chinese foxgloves. They look great but I'm wondering if they are invasive or tempramental? I saw them in the local garden centre and really like the look of them but I've wasted a lot of money on plants this year that either got eaten by slugs or didn't like their position and I don't want to make any more mistakes. A recommendation would be good.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    That's Rehmannia elata, never heard them called Chinese foxgloves.

    Not over hardy but seed about a bit. Nice

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    The garden centres around here are flogging them as chinese foxgloves. The leaves looked a bit like japanese anemone which made me wonder if they were invasive. I don't mind not too hardy, I just don't want invasive although I make an exception with japanese anemone as I love them so much.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Not related to Japanese anemone in any wayimage

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Great thanks image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,864

    I thought what was called chinese foxgloves was the paulownia tree.image

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    I have a Rehmannia or Chineses Foxglove and I love it, you dead head the old flowers and a new one grows very quickly, which is the kind of plant I like.

    the label says it's a "foxglove like" flower so I guess its called a Chinese foxglove because of its re semblance to an ordinary one! but the flowers are bigger and longer    There is no information to say it spreads ?

    Ordinary foxglove flowers bloom once then die which makes the plant look unsightly as it gets to the top. I recommend it.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912

    It's very pretty, does it grow from seed I wonder?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Yes it does Lyn, It self seeds. But I still managed to lose it after a few yearsimage

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912

    Hi Lou 12, maybe you would like to offer any spare seeds on the seed swap thread? Please, please!!!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912

    I saw a pot of this in a garden centre yesterday, 15.00image

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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