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Annual Biennial

Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple' (Dalmatian Series)
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foxglove 'Dalmation Purple'

A compact annual/biennial producing pinky-purple trumpet-shaped flowers with spotted throats on upright stems throughout the summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring
Summer Purple
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Plantaginaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
All parts poisonous if ingested. Wear gloves and other protective equipment and wash hands after handling
Genus

Digitalis can be biennials or usually short-lived perennials forming a rosette of simple leaves with bell-shaped flowers in slender, erect, usually one-sided racemes

Name status

Unresolved

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in almost any soil, but avoid very wet or very dry conditions. Prefers a humus-rich soil in partial shade but will grow in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead after flowering unless seed is required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids and leaf and bud eelworm

Diseases

May be susceptible to leaf spots and powdery mildews

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