Digitalis ferruginea gigantea GIANT RUSTY PERENNIAL FOXGLOVE –
Honey-amber towers to impressive 1.2m, even 1.8m in good soil. So so elegant. Orchid like amber coloured blooms, veined with rich red and brown markings. Hairy pouting bottom lips. Flowers are close packed up the stems in summer. Enjoys the ½ Shade / Dappled Sun underneath trees and shrubs. Obligingly unfussy as to soil, but revels in leaf litter. Frost hardy. Will self-seed, as well as the parent clump gracing your garden over several years. Rosettes of neat dark green leaves. Native to woodlands in the Mediterranean area, so built to cope with hot or dry periods as well as frost.
Rated as Rabbit and Deer resistant (unless they are starving of course – but at least they leave it alone unless desperate). Attracts and feeds birds, butterflies and bees. Wow – what an impressive cut flower, if you have a vase big enough. Surprisingly for its’ height – self supporting – unless in a very windy site.
Native to Romania, Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains – so naturally hardy to hot and dry periods – and you can see it if you are coming to Romania and Bulgaria with us in 2020, or to Georgia and the Caucasus Mountains with us in 2021.
UNUSUAL TOWERS FOR SHADE
– Height with flowers: 120cm – 150cm approx.
– Width: 60cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodlands, Dappled Light, Full Sun.
– Soil: Rich, Well Drained, Tolerates a range of soils and conditions.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Perennial.
– Attracts: Birds, Bees and Butterflies.
– Beware: All parts of any foxglove are toxic to humans and other mammals.
– Care: Deadhead central flower spikes after three-fourths of it has faded to encourage more flowers.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Toxic; deer and rabbits should be to smart to have a nibble.
– Origin: Native to Hungary, Romania, Turkey and the Caucasus.