perennial foxglove?

newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)May 3, 2010

I have some foxglove that I planted last year that actually came back! Huge! And in the same spot that I planted them! I ordered Pam's Choice but got a sport of it, I think, as they have purple flowers instead of white with blotches. Anyone else have luck with foxglove? I absolutely adore it but I've heard that it's a pain, not coming back or seeding itself willy-nilly. This was my first attempt and I'd like to try more. Any recommendations for good varieties to try? Thanks!


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foxgloves are biennials so you get a flowering in the second year and possible the third. I like the tall kinds - any kinds will do.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 2:34PM
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roseberri, z6(6)

Hi Megan, Iam a rather new lurker on cottage gardens,
Many things that are biennials will come back more than the two years if they are happy. If they are not Hybrids they will reseed and then continually be reblooming. ALSO
There are a few species of foxglove that are considered perennials, a strawberry colored one and a yellow one.
The strawberri one is called "digitalis mertonensis" and are about 3ft. tall.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 4:41PM
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Lucky you. I have some back from the last year, and I have planted a lot hoping for your luck. I also planted some of the pink.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 6:47PM
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I planted them in full sun and they loved it! I thought they like shade? They came back too.. Not all but a few..

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 8:39PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

Mine are on year two as well. I had a few blooms last year after planting out wintersown seedlings. This year, they've really taken off. I'm hoping for lots of reseeded plants next year. I've already planted out a few wintersown hunks just in case. I want to have these blooms in my garden for years.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 9:24PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

They reseed like crazy. You will have tons of babies. I replant mine where I want them. My favorite plant!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 9:38PM
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