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Digitalis laevigata 'Gracea'

 
Digitalis laevigata 'Gracea'
foxglove
Digitalis laevigata 'Gracea'
After deadheading

Common name foxglove
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle biennial
Flowers orange-yellow/purple-brown (early summer)
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

Another species foxglove with flowers in the cream-to-orange-to-brown spectrum. It is often listed as a perennial, but behaved like a biennial in our garden. The photos above show the first flower spike, typical enough. After it was done with its first flush, I deadheaded the plants. In response they sent out lots of flowering side shoots, which made for a cool and quite different look.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Follow along as I stroll past all the Digitalis species that have called our garden home

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Sowed to outside pot in late March, lots of seedlings by mid-April
  2. Seed for 'Gracea" from '06 trade. Baggy 70F with light (95%G, 3-6d)

In the earlier attempt, problem was not germination but keeping the small seedlings alive through summer. Perhaps better to get a head start by germinating indoors.


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