Digitalis Excelsior

Digitalis Excelsior

About Digitalis Excelsior

This is the old favorite that you must have. Find the right spot, and Digitalis Excelsior comes back year after year. You don’t think the people living in those beautiful English cottages from the 1800’s went out and planted new foxglove every year! They likely had a variety like Excelsior. They come in a mix of colors including Creamy Yellow, Deep Pink, Light Pink, Lilac, Salmon, and White. Most universities will list Digitalis as a deer resistant plant.

Digitalis Excelsior

Zone: 4-9
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Bloom Time: Late Spring - Mid Summer
Height: 48” or more
Digitalis Excelsior Features: Deer Resistant, Attracts hummingbirds, Cut Flower, Rabbit Resistant, Attracts Butterfly, Perennial

Planting and Growing Digitalis

Make sure your Digitalis “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area in the sun, part shade or shade. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and leave the root ball intact. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot. Clip spent blooms for a continuous flush of flowers!

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