Chinese Foxglove flowers
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Plant Height: 24 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 7b
This eye catching variety produces tall stems, carrying bright, hot pink, foxglove-like flowers from spring to fall; sometimes marked with yellow, white, or purple in the throat; great for sun or light shade in gardens, borders, or containers
Chinese Foxglove features showy spikes of hot pink tubular flowers with white throats and dark red spots rising above the foliage from mid spring to early fall. Its glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.
Chinese Foxglove is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Chinese Foxglove is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Chinese Foxglove will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.
Chinese Foxglove is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.