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Rusty foxglove

Digitalis ferruginea

Rusty foxglove (Eng.)

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This perennial native to sub-alpine and woodland meadows of the Caucasus is perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest, especially if planted against a dark background such as shrubs. This plant suits a woodland garden setting perfectly, but can be planted in full sunlight. It has been cultivated in European gardens for a long time, being cultivated in British gardens in the late 1500s.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seed when seed pods are brown. If the central spike has been removed to produce side shoots, there will be little seed produced. Store the seed in a cool place.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed on the surface of good seed compost in spring at around 10 degrees Celsius. A cold-frame is an ideal location for this. Do not cover the seeds, as they need light to germinate successfully.

Geography

Origin
Romania, Hungary, Turkey & Caucasia, South & South East Europe
Natural climate
Temperate to cool climates

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest in your large flower beds or borders.

Personality

Family
Plantaginaceae
Flower colour
, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Slugs, powdery mildews, aphids and leaf-spot may be a problem.

Companion plants

Woodland plants such as Japanese maple, hydrangea, columbines and ferns make good companions.

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