Strawberry Foxglove Plants

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Misc RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained
Colour Apricot/Orange Shades, Pink (Light)
Type Pot Grown
Also Good Repeat Flowering, Vase Life
Flowering Jun, Jul, Oct

Digitalis × mertonensis

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Strawberry Foxglove

Digitalis x mertonensis - better known as the strawberry foxglove lives up to its name. It has the typical foxglove form, with flower spikes to 75cm but it is the colour that is its main selling point - a wonderful pinky-mauve with a copper tint, making it a real eye-catcher - very much the colour of crushed strawberries. Each individual flower is 5cm long, the biggest of the foxgloves and slightly flattened like a trumpet.

A winner of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure of good garden performance. The flower spikes grow from semi-evergreen, dark green rosettes of leaves. It's not as vigorous as other foxgloves but is longer-lived than most and prefers more moist soil than other varieties.

Blooming from June-July, they are the perfect accent for the summer garden. If the colour is not right for you, then why not look at the rest of our foxgloves for sale?

Great In Your Garden...

The strawberry foxglove's subdued colouring lends it to more restrained and formal planting schemes but it also looks great in a wildlife or cottage garden setting - bees and butterflies love it.

Foxgloves are great for beginners but remember all parts of the plant are very poisonous. As well as growing in partial, dappled and even full shade, Digitalis x mertonensis will tolerate a sunny spot too but doesn't like a very dry spot.

For more flowers, remove the spent main flower stem before it can set seed and more blooms will be produced from side shoots. If you want them to self-seed, leave these alone.

Strawberry Foxglove Features

  • Colour: Mauve/pink blooms with a copper tinge.
  • Flowering: June to July.
  • Foliage: Dark green leaves.
  • Height: 75cm.
  • Spread: 50cm.
  • Spacing: 50cm.
  • Position: Sun, partial shade or full shade.
  • Soil: Chalk, Clay, Loam and Sand.

Did You Know...

The strawberry foxglove is the result of an early 19th century cross between Digitalis grandiflora and Digitalis purpurea. It's also listed sometimes as Digitalis x fulva.

Caution toxic if eaten
Foxgloves are called digitalis, which is a well-known poison but also is used as a drug for heart problems.

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