New Look in Foxgloves

By Charlie Nardozzi

Foxgloves (Digitalis) are popular biennials and perennials with 1- to 4-foot-tall bloom spikes in colors ranging from white to purple. They have colorful mottling in the center of individual flowers, but unfortunately this is usually hidden from view because the blooms face downward. A new variety, 'Candy Mountain' (Digitalis purpurea 'Candy Mountain'), finally shows its face.

'Candy Mountain' is the first foxglove to feature upward-facing blooms. This variety grows 3 to 4 feet tall and features rose to mauve flowers with white mottling in the centers. The flowers are symmetrically arranged 360 degrees around the sturdy flower stalks, making for ideal viewing from any angle. 'Candy Mountain' is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9, and grows best in full sun in the north and part shade in the south. This biennial readily self-sows. The flowers complement other early-summer bloomers in the perennial garden, and they make excellent cut flowers.

For more information about 'Candy Mountain', go to: Wayside Gardens.

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