Dalmation Purple Digitalis (Foxglove) produces a low mound of green leaves from which a tall spike of lavender bells shoot up. The inside of the bells are spotted with maroon purple dots. The bloom spikes may need to be staked because of the weight of the flowers and if they are exposed to much wind. Hummingbirds and butterflies flock to the tubular blooms but deer and rabbits stay away because of the poisonous nature.
Dalmation Purple will bloom the first year and if the spent stalks are cut back to the base of the plant it will help to encourage blooming the second year. Allowing the flowers to go to seed during the second season may lead to seedlings that can be transplanted in other locations for more enjoyment. The spikes make great cut flowers.
Spacing: Plant 15″ to 24″ apart.
Height: Grows 16″ to 36″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in sun or part shade.
Outstanding Features: Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Tips: May bloom again if spent stalks are removed. Keep soil moist but do not over water and do not let dry out.
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Borders, Landscapes, Cut Flowers
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