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Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

Posted by learn2turn 6 (My Page) on
Sun, May 26, 13 at 12:52

I have an area of my garden where Foxglove got planted several years ago. Each plant lives two or three years, flowers nicely and then gets replaced by self-seeding volunteers. It's a nice garden plant with attractive flowers but I'd rather have something native.

The site is zone 6 with about 70-80% sun and medium soil that is well-drained but doesn't dry out.

Suggestions?

I have some columbine in shadier parts of the area but want something taller and showier. Maybe lupines? I've grown them before but haven't get good look with a perpetual supply of self-seeding volunteers like the foxglove.


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

Liatris spp. can be as showy and are perennial so you won't need to worry about them reseeding.

If you use Lupinus perennis it should come back every year without reseeding. It mostly likes sandy soil though.


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

Penstemon grandiflorus looks a lot like foxglove and is a true perennial (foxglove tends toward biennial), but needs mostly sun - will that works?


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

Great blue lobelia (lobelia siphilitica) has tall blue flower stalks in summer, returns reliably for me, and reseeds if you let it. Good for part sun/dappled shade, likes a well-drained but moist soil, excellent combination with chartreuse - outstanding combination when it blooms alongside my limelight hydrangea. Or try cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis) for red flowers, but the flower stalks are a bit shorter.


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

Penstemon digitalis (smooth penstemon) - lovely white(ish) flowers


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

How about Penstemon digitalis? White flowers in beautiful spikes. It's similar enough that it was even named after foxglove.

Here is a link that might be useful: Penstemon in flower


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

Calico beard tongue

Here is a link that might be useful: Penstemon calycosus


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RE: Native substitute for Foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea )

i know the op asked in may but,
Carolina "Lupine" Thermopsis villosa may work.

Here is a link that might be useful: wildflower.org Thermopsis villosa


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