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Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King' (Strawberry Foxglove)

Strawberry Foxglove 'Summer King', Digitalis purpurea 'Summer King'


Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King' (Strawberry Foxglove) is a stately herbaceous perennial or biennial boasting upright spires of dangling, crushed strawberry-pink, bell-shaped flowers with maroon spotted throats. Blooming profusely in late spring to early summer, the flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, which hover near the tubular blossoms. Compact, the plant forms a low rosette of ovate to lance-shaped, toothed, glossy green leaves in the first year, bursting into flower the second spring. Showy even when not in bloom, thanks to its foliage that always looks fresh and catches the eyes of the passers-by. Excellent for a mixed bed or an open woodland garden.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (75-105 cm) and 20-24 in. wide (50-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or light dappled shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Deer, rabbit tolerant.
  • Easy to grow, this Foxglove is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens or city gardens. For best visual impact, plant Floxgloves in groups of 3 to 4 plants.
  • Propagate by seed, or by division, removing offsets, in spring; it will also self-seed but may not come true unless plants have been grown in isolation.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, leaf and bud eelworm, leaf spots, powdery mildew, downy mildew, crown rot and root rot.
  • Plant leaves are highly toxic if eaten

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Digitalis - Foxgloves
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 20" – 24" (50cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Digitalis - Foxgloves
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 20" – 24" (50cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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