Foxglove, Strawberry (Organic)
Digitalis x fulva. Perennial to zone 4.
Stunning pink-peach bell shaped blossoms form on 2-4′ tall spikes that bloom for weeks and make a great cut flower. Hummingbirds and pollinators love the flowers. Strawberry foxglove is the result of an interspecific cross made almost 200 years ago and is not invasive like the wild types are. Basal rosette of evergreen foliage stays attractive year-round. This short lived perennial is deer resistant and prefers part shade. Deadheading in mid-summer may lead to second round of flowering. Aka, Digitalis x mertonensis.
Surface sow indoors in flats with good potting soil late autumn to early spring. Transplant into the garden to 18” centers when plants are at least 3” tall. May also be direct sown. Biennial blooms in second year. Deadhead to prolong bloom and limit self-seeding. All parts of this plant are poisonous.
To save seed, do not harvest or deadhead. Shake seed from dried flowers when seed heads are dry, or cut seed heads, then thresh by hand or by dancing. Screen to clean. Isolate from other varieties of the same species of foxglove by 1/2 mile.