Digitalis ferruginea gigantea


Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’ has softly colored, tan-yellow flowers with rusty-brown veins on the inside. It’s a tall, narrow plant like an exclamation point in the garden. Rusty Foxglove grows well in part shade and it’s not too picky about the soil. I have a patch growing in the shade in heavy clay – just about the worst conditions you can imagine and this species thrives there.


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This is a rather unusual but stunning perennial Foxglove, featuring tall, towering wands of honey-brown flowers in the summer months. Foliage is green, forming a large rosette at the ground in the first year, followed by flowers in the second. Performs well in a moist border, or in the woodland garden. Any seedlings that appear may be easily moved in early spring. May need to be staked.
Position: Part shade is ideal
Soil: Moist but well drained
Rate of growth: Moderate
Flowering period: Spring to early Summer
Hardiness: Hardy
Pot size: 1L
Eventual height and spread: 150cm x 30cm