Digitalis laevigata 'Gracea'
|After deadheading |
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.
||orange-yellow/purple-brown (early summer)
||ordinary garden soil
||germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below
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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|Alan||Sep 05, 2009||I'm interested in the biennial/perennial issue with regard to foxgloves. Have grown a number, iether as plants or from seed which were claimed to be perennial but have always turned out to be biennial (though, as you say, seeding generously). One source I read claimed that if you deadhead the plants immediately after flowering - i.e. don't let them go to seed - they tend to be perennial. Any evidence for this?|
Yes, that's fairly common advice. I haven't put it to the test too much, because I don't find time for conscientious deadheading. I do hope to put up a comparative page on the various supposedly perennial Digitalis species at some point, because I agree that there is a lot of confusion.
|Rupert Rankin||Jun 20, 2010||I had no idea there was a cultivar of Digitalis laevigata that goes by the name cv. 'Gracea'. I doubt the permissibility of this name due to similarity with D. laevigata subspecies graeca.
Your pictures beautifully depict Digitalis lanata, also native to the Balkans, which is considered a serious weed of grazing land in several midwest states (i assume you are a u.s. gardener?)|
Thanks for setting this straight. I hope to get around to figuring out the true identity of various digitalis species in our garden sometime this summer - your comments will be very helpful.
- Seed from '01 trade. Sowed to outside pot in late March, lots of seedlings by mid-April
- 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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