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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

June 12, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6677812

Sharon
I pinched a piece of this last year from somewhere and it bloomed this year. Is this digitalis?

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2009
3:01 PM

Post #6677882

Looks like it, Joyce, yes.
Did you root it in water or a rooting compound, or did it have roots when you 'pinched' it?

I have never tried rooting it, but it probably would do well, much like coleus.
Lucky you. I haven't had much luck with it, but I usually start it with seeds, and I might be putting it outside too soon.

Nice to see you again.
Thanks.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

June 13, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #6680247

So thats what it is!!!
I found a huge bush of it growing next to an office building, so I just pinched off a small stalk. I rooted it in water on the kitchen window sill.Then I put it in dirt and kept it inside till this spring. I now have it in a bigger pot on my patio. Its just one tall stalk right now. I wonder where the seeds will be?

The thing is, it sits right next to my favorite patio chair and I have been touching it and admiring it wondering what it was. LOL. I guess now I'll plant it out somewhere in the back of the garden so I can admire it from AFAR.

Thanks Sharon!
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2009
2:14 AM

Post #6680492

You are welcome. I wouldn't worry too much about it, I doubt if you will be eating it.

But I do think that's what it is. The lower lip like petal is the give-a-way...can't think of another one like it.

Just enjoy it
jsherlock
Fort Lauderdale, FL

June 15, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6690225

It does not resemble the foxglove plants I have. The leaves and the placement of the blooms along the stalk are very different.
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6690512

You might be right, jsherlock, I only looked at the bloom, and not the stalk or leaves.
I think I need to do a search today and see if I can find what it could be.
Thanks.
bozley
Columbus, OH

June 15, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6691027

The photo from jadajoy appears to be Acanthus spinosus a.k.a. 'Spiny Bear's Breeches' or some there of.
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #6691167

Whew! This can become a quest.

I was looking at this site:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tulipsinthewoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/

And I found a similar photo there. There are several wild varieties of foxglove and also cultivated varieties, so I don't know. We have a lot of folks more knowledgeable than I on this site, so Joyce, you might want to take it to Plant ID to find a specific answer.
Do check out the photo in the link above, though.

Thanks
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #6691199

Well that link doesn't seem to take us anywhere, so scratch that, and let me try something else
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6691295

I googled by specifying tag words 'yellow foxglove'

and also by specifying 'foxglove perennial or biennial'

then I googled 'foxglove images'

I will share the images because Jadajoy will be able to compare maybe to her plant.

here's one:

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6691307

And another, but it also shows us the variation among the foxglove varieties.

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:55 PM

Post #6691318

And then there is this

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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #6691331

And one more.

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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

June 16, 2009
1:22 PM

Post #6694831

Sharran
Thanks for the research!
Your first pic seems to match it. I couldnt see the leaves too well but the flower is very similiar.

The Acanthus spinosus is very similiar too. The flowers are more clustered than mine thou. I only have the one tall stalk so i cant tell if it grows like the ones on google. Heres Acanthus spinosus:



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Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2009
1:40 PM

Post #6694924

I think so too, J.
Just enjoy it, and I hope it spreads a little bit for you.

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