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Digitalis lanata - Foxglove

Digitalis lanata (Foxglove) seeds

£1.75

Foxgloves are a delightful, easy addition to any garden and are perfect for cottage-style borders. These lovely biennials/perennials are easy to raise from seed, will grow in sun or semi-shade and will pop up year after year if left to self seed towards the end of the flowering season.

Digitalis lanata is an unusual plant originating from one area in Northern Turkey and as such not very well known in this country. Bears loose spikes of charming, nodding, mottled flowers with an orange-tinted interior, and each flower has an extended lower lip lolling below it reminiscent of a panting dog! Much shorter than your average Foxglove and perennial.

Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardy Perennial
Flowers: May to late summer
Height: 45-60cm
Position: Sun

Packet of 50 seeds

Caution: all plant parts toxic if eaten.

 


GROWING GUIDE

Sowing & Growing Instructions:

Outdoors: Sow in late spring to early summer in a well prepared seed bed. Sow the seeds very thinly 1mm deep in drills 30cm apart, keep the soil damp until germination takes place and thin out the seedlings to 15cm apart when large enough to handle. Transplant 60cm apart into flowering site in the autumn for flowering the following year. They will grow in most soils and prefer part shade.

Indoors: Sow at any time of year except mid summer on the surface of a moist, peat-based seed compost, eg. Levington. Do not cover the seed as light is beneficial to germination. Place in a propagator or seal in a polythene bag and maintain a temperature of 15-18C. Germination should occur in 15-20 days. When the seedlings have emerged, gradually increase the ventilation by opening the propagator vents or opening the bag. Grow on until large enough to handle and pot up into small pots (7-9cm) and grow on in cooler conditions in plenty of light but shaded from direct sunlight. In spring, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out, 60cms apart in a sunny or semi-shaded position.

Caution: All plant parts toxic if eaten.

 


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