Digitalis purpurea (Wild Foxglove) seeds
Digitalis purpurea is the beautiful, true wild form of Foxglove which needs very little introduction. An essential ingredient in any wildflower garden and a must have cottage garden plant. Seeds will produce an interesting mix of flower colours from purple through to the palest pink.
Position: Sun or semi-shade
Packet of 100 seeds
Caution: all plant parts toxic if eaten.
RHS Plants for Pollinators.
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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 semi-shaded position.
Caution: All plant parts toxic if eaten.