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Erinus alpinus (Fairy Foxglove)

Alpine Balsam, Fairy Foxglove, Jewel Flower, Liver Balsam


Erinus alpinus (Fairy Foxglove) is a low-growing semi-evergreen perennial forming charming rosettes of spoon-shaped leaves. In late spring and early summer, cute clusters of small, pale purplish-pink flowers are borne atop erect leafy stems. Ideal for rock gardens, wall or paving crevices, this alpine plant is short-lived but it will self seed where happy, remaining present in the garden.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 2-3 in. tall and wide (5-7 cm).
  • Best grown in full sun or partial shade, in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect for rock gardens or containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed or root rosettes as cuttings in spring.
  • Native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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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 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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