Digitalis hybrida Candy Mountain?

small town, MN(Zone 4b)

Does anyone grow Digitalis hybrida Candy Mountain. Have you had luck with it over wintering? Do you have any tips on planting digitalis? I ordered some to try in my zone 4 garden. I have tried foxgloves over the years and the only one to survive is Digitalis grandiflora Ambigua. I am hoping Candy Mountain will make it here love the look of this one. Photo from Romence Gardens.



This message was edited May 21, 2011 6:10 PM

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McLean, VA(Zone 6b)

I have grown digitalis the past two years from seed, but not candy mountain. I have camelot and excelsior. Candy mountain is supposed to be good up to zone 4. If it isn't hardy enough, keep in mind that camelot will bloom the first year if you start it early inside.

Pretoria, South Africa

I grew Candy Mountain from seed a few years back (when T&M launched the seed). It flowered the second year as it should have, but none of the seed I collected, germinated. It was however a lovely plant to have. A real show-stopper.

small town, MN(Zone 4b)

I will keep your advise in mind and enjoy them when they bloom.

Chalfont, PA(Zone 6b)

Pennefeather, since you have both, which do you like better: camelot or excelsior?

McLean, VA(Zone 6b)

I can't honestly tell the difference when I plant them. I forget which is which. However, camelot is easier to start from seed than excelsior.

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

Somehow I ended up with a lot of white foxglove seeds this winter so that is my first attempt at growing foxglove so we'll see how that does and if it survives. I have to remember next year that foxglove seeds are very tiny and to sow lightly to avoid HOS.
Candy Mountain is on my wish list for 2012. Has anybody ever sown the Candy Mountain or any variety of foxglove in the Fall so they get some Spring blooms?

Athens, PA

Candy mountain flowers face up and should be about 3-4ft tall. Excelsior tends to be taller and the flowers do not face up...

Excelsior for me was 5-6 feet tall.

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh Carolyn, THOSE are beautiful!

Elmhurst, IL(Zone 5a)

Carolyn22 -how did you grow these to be so darn full? I am new to gardening - do foxglove only bloom every other year?

On an unrelated note - I have Camelot and they are simply stunning. Do you clip the dead stuff after blooming and how many times will they rebloom?

See........told you I was a newbie!

Thanks for any info

Ladoga, IN(Zone 6a)

I am growing Camelot this year and love it! Does anyone know if it re-seeds well? If not, I will be ordering more seeds.
Dee

Athens, PA

Pat - I truly have no idea how they got to be so full. I was just lucky with these. They are biennials, so they produce leaves the first year and flower then go to seed the following year. I don't usually get a lot of reflowering on my foxglove.

Dee - Camelot does reseed quite well. I have one now that is going to seed.

Ladoga, IN(Zone 6a)

Thanks, for your reply Carolyn. I'm happy to hear that. I planted them in several different spots in the yard in hopes that they would reseed.I love foxgloves, and these have done great.
Dee

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