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Foxglove 'Candy Mountain' (National Trust)

Digitalis purpurea

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Through sales generated from the National Trust seeds, a minimum of £7,500 will be given to the National Trust to help look after nature, beauty and history for everyone, forever.

This is a foxglove with a unique difference - instead of modestly facing downwards, the chunky flower spikes of Foxglove 'Candy Mountain' are packed with blooms which gaze upwards so you can see the intricate detail on the speckled throats. Enjoying a partially shaded position, undemanding Foxgloves are a classic choice for growing in woodland areas or in borders in the dappled shade of trees. Bursting into bloom in early summer, these stately, extra sturdy stems make a big impact with their vivid coloured flowers and contrasting vertical habit. Loved by bees and other pollinators, plant them in impressive drifts or dot them around here and there for a beautiful, natural effect. Height: 90-140cm (36-56”). Spread: 45cm (18”).

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1 packet (40 foxglove seeds) (KA7438)

Sow Foxglove seeds from January to May on the surface of a good seed compost, and cover with a light sprinkling of compost of vermiculite. Place in a propagator at a temperature of 18-25C (64-77F) or seal the seed tray inside a polythene bag until after germination, which usually takes 14-30 days. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged and do not exclude light, as this helps germination.

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3”) pots and grow on in cooler conditions. When Digitalis plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting outdoors. Alternatively, over winter Foxglove plants in a cold frame and plant out the following spring after all risk of frost has passed. Plant Foxgloves at a distance of 45cm (18”) apart in sun or dappled shade in any well drained soil. Although foxgloves prefer a fertile, moist soil, they will happily tolerate almost any soil except those that are excessively dry or waterlogged.

Water foxglove plants regularly until fully established. Foxgloves self-seed freely. If seedlings are not wanted, deadhead stems of foxglove flowers as the blooms fade. In autumn, cut back old stems to encourage plenty of new side shoots. Caution: All parts of foxgloves are toxic if eaten, and contact with the foliage may irritate the skin and eyes. Caution: irritant to skin and eyes, toxic if eaten.

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