SOLVED: Teenie Foxglove??

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

This is only about 18 inches tall. maybe 24. it has the tiniest flowers. Is it a foxglove? if so. what > thanks!! same story. man with the answers was gone for the day.

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Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Mimi: The flowers look like foxglove, but the leaves don't match. Maybe it is a perennial variety, or maybe it's something I'm not familiar with. I'll be watching to see what the answer is.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

It isn't digitalis 'foxy', is it? I have some of those and, though they're a little taller than 18", they're pretty short. It might depend on the light and water they get, too.

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

I thought about that, too, but look at the leaves. The shape is a bit different, and they look glossy.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Oh, you're right. Those leaves are really narrow and lancelike. Hmmmm...It's gotta be some type of digitalis, though. Penstemon would have smaller flowers not quite like those.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Here's a http://www.suncrestnurseries.com/descript/digitalis.html with descriptions of many foxglove varieties.

Could it be digitalis dubia? http://web.kadel.cz/flora/c/kvCard.asp?Id=822


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Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

I checked the website, Gardenwife, and nothing rang a bell. Guess we'll have to wait for Mimi to talk to they guy at the nursery.

It's a variety of D purpurea, quite possibly Foxy but not necessarily, it could be a variety that has just flowered at a smaller stage. One of my Giant Spotted's is flowering at under 10" tall.

I cannot see glossy leaves, I see slightly hairy leaves but only Mimi can tell us that one. As for lance like, yes they are and it's one of the leaf forms that D purpurea produces.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

The leaves are long and skinny. Sorta more pointed. I will have to call out there today I guess. I'll keep ya posted. thanks for all your help

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Baa could be right. The leaves look strange to me, but it could be stunted in some way, or some of the leaves I'm looking at belong to something else. Foxy is a much shorter foxglove, tends to branch more, and is known to flower the first year if started early enough.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

the flowers them sleves adn VERY TINY. Real delicate. I am gonna to have to drive out there again I guess. Its a ways out there I;ll be back .....nah. They closed at 7

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Well, Mimi, you're going to have to find out what those are since we're all curious now. You ought to get the nursery's e-mail address so that you can send the photo to them and get a reply as to what it is.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

I don;t think Dj's nursery has time for email till the winter.! They are a small, family owned nursery. but. he has the BEST plants adn it is well worth the time it takes to go there. I bellieve I am going today. I will ask. PROMISE> I need some too! it is so tiny. i should take something and measure each glove. or cap,. or what ever you call them.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

I have the name!!!!
Spanish Peaks!
Ever hear of it?
I now am the proud owner of 3 . I cleaned him out

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Spanish Peaks is Digitalis thapasi. I have one just starting to bud now. Save seeds Mimi - that one is not easy to find!!

Well I am surprised! I've grown D thapsi for a few years and they have quite large flowers in comparison with the size of the plant, however I've not grown Spanish Peaks so the cultivar must be smaller flowered than the species.

I'm glad you finally found the name Mimi :)

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

I called him today from work while I had like 3 colors going. He was kind enough to keep an eye on them for me till I could get out ther today. I was thrilled to get them. guess I can say now that I have a "collection" of them. !lol...Hopefully one of the 3 will make it and live. Hopefully!
:)

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Good purchase, Mimi! I'll be interested in seeds, as well, should you get some. Foxglove generally do well up here.

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

well, these are just in a 3 inch plant cup right now. just tiny green leaves. But. keep me in mind. :) I am very excited with my purchase. specially at a buck a pop!

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