Common Name: Foxglove
Species: x mertonensis
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Time to plant seeds: May to June
This species has typical tall spikes of large foxglove flowers but in an unusual crushed strawberry shade. It grows well and looks best in similar situations to the traditional foxglove - in a woodland clearing or amongst trees and shrubs which give it light dappled shade. Plants are rather short lived, often treated as biennials, but clumps can be lifted and divided annually after flowering and replanted in well prepared soil to extend their life. It is easy to raise from seed, and self-sown plants are likely to come true unless other foxgloves are grown nearby. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).