Digitalis purpurea

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  1. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

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    Non-native species for North America that can become invasive under certain conditions.
    Some are Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora.
    Flowers are produced in the second year. In the first year only a basal rosette of leaves develops, and they overwinter as evergreen.
     

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    Nik Well-Known Member

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    I removed the stems of the albiflora as soon as they finished flowering. It looks like I will manage to get one more season out of them. (First two photos). The rest are first year rosettes that I left to develop for flowers next year.
     

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    The reason I encourage this plant in our yard is the hummingbirds. They like it, and I like them.
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    They have lovely blossoms but are incredibly weedy. There were a few Foxgloves in the back yard of the property we bought more than 45 years ago. I still live and garden there and pull out new seedlings every year.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @Nik good morning N, I can see why you say can be invasive, they are carpeting that area. But what a lovely amount of colour you will have next June.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No chance! The seeds can survive for years, perhaps decades, in the soil seedbank. You'll be pulling them out for a long, long time to come yet :-)
     
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    Quite a few years ago, I succumbed to the beauty of foxgloves. So as not to be inundated with seedlings the next year, I removed the flowering stems before they had all actually bloomed - but it was too late. The earlier-blooming flowers on the lower part of the stalk had already set and released seeds. Now, many years later, I still have dozens and dozens germinating every year. The good thing is that there's lots of time to remove them before they're anywhere near reproducing again.

    One positive thing though is that I learned about pelorism - Pelorism - Wikipedia - when I found the flower in my attached photo.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @Margot what a stunning photo and I enjoyed reading the link on Pelorism Margot.
     

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