Sunday, May 18, 2014

Yellow Foxglove

One year I went to the Longest Yard Sale in the World which is scheduled every year in early August. Driving over some mountain toward Chattannoga there were numerous yard sales off the narrow winding road and we stopped at one place with a few parking places.  The shade was deep and the sale was not mobbed and I found this yellow foxglove (Digitalis grandifloria)  for sale among a small trove of plants offered up for new homes.

It is a perennial, unlike the Digitalis purpurea (a biennial) we are most familiar with. They usually live 4 or 5 years instead of blooming the second year and dying. This one is no more than 18 inches tall, if that, and is happy in a partially shaded spot. They are said to rebloom if deadheaded after bloom. They are also said to reseed freely, so I plan to let mine set seed and try to increase my holding of this garden gem.

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