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Is this a Foxglove

FoxypFoxyp Posts: 6


Can anyone tell me what this is please?  It grew beautifully last year then I moved it to a better position this spring.  It's come back but not as glorious as this one and no flowers just yet.  The local garden centres couldn't help and friends think it's some sort of hybrid.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    it is a foxglove, more likely a cultivar of Digitalis purpurea than a hybrid. These are more or less biennial, ie they die after flowering, but sometimes make a poor effort at flowering in the next year. Let it seed for future plants

  • FoxypFoxyp Posts: 6

    That's great and thanks nutcutlet.  I'm hoping it will flower so I can then do as you suggest and let it seed.  Hoping for more plants in the future as it's a lovely white specimen.  Thanks again image

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,346

    Sadly seed from white plants do not always come true from seed, so you may end up with pink. 

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    She knows she's the chocolate girl
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  • Yours seems to be an example of peloric growth of the top flower:- 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481

    If the garden centre don't know that's a foxglove, I wouldn't go to them for advice about anything complicated image image

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  • FoxypFoxyp Posts: 6

    Thank you Alan, that's a really interesting article from Kew and gets straight to the point.  I suspected it was some weird throwback - but a beautiful one.  Thanks again and for the other comments too.


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