Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pink Rose/Mauve
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Foliage: Herbaceous Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Jun 16, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I too am looking for a truly perennial foxglove. This is year 2, so I'm not certain this will be it yet. Last year the foliage grew and grew, but it did not bloom. This year it is just beginning to bloom -- all the flowers are not yet open. I like it very much and hope it really will return every year. The foliage seems to look nicer than other foxgloves I've had -- very lush and green. Update - it is continuing to progress in bloom from the bottom up. The flower stalks and flowers are large and robust. It is quite substantial overall and very lovely. The bees love it--there is a bee in just about every individual flower.
On Apr 15, 2011, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have had this cultivar "strawberry" and another "apricot" in my gardens for five years now. Having grown them from seed, I can say that unlike the purpura that blooms the second year and dies, mine have taken up to three years to reach a blooming maturity. As yet, the only mother plants I have lost was due to too much water. This cultivar does seem to prefer full sun, sandy soil, and little assistance from well intentioned gardeners. I just leave them alone with the salvias and lavander and they reward me with a show every year.
On Feb 8, 2009, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Easy from seed and truly perennial in my garden. It blooms for a relatively long period, and the flowers are an unusual, pretty shade of rose. It is charming in a woodland cottage garden and adds a nice vertical element. In order to ensure that it blooms, I have found it needs to be fertilized when it starts putting on new growth in the spring.
On Mar 5, 2007, IrisLover79 from Westchester, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
Just a note, most foxgloves are biennial, which means they only live for 2 years. They get leaves the first year and flowers the second. I'm trying to find an actual, perennial foxglove... Spanish Peaks (Digitalis thapsi?) claims to be one. However, I *think* most that are described as perennial aren't really. They just say that because they self sow very readily.
I planted 3 of these years ago and only one made it to flower. I must have had it in too much shade (under a Blue Spruce), because it was short and sad looking, lol. Also, the flowers on mine were more of a peachy-rose color (not really a "crushed strawberry" color). The fact that it was fuzzy made it stand out from my other foxgloves, though.
On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:
Digitalis x mertonensis seems to be more drought tolerant than Digitalis purpurea, and it blooms a couple weeks later. My plants have done well for three years now, even though they're planted in sandy soil in full sun. Of course, they get regular watering. I love the soft strawberry color, which goes well with warm color schemes.
On Aug 2, 2004, fussyone from Dearborn Heights, MI wrote:
Several years ago I bought a foxglove which was beautiful but never came back. Not knowing a lot about this lovely flower, I tried Strawberry Foxglove this year as it was listed as a perennial. It has sun in the early morning and shade during the afternoon. The plant looks healthy and leafy but it is now August and it has no sign of flowers.
On Mar 7, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
A tetraploid hybrid, biennial or short-lived perennial. Flowers are larger than those of either parent and are borne in terminal racemes atop leafy, 3-4' tall spires arising from the centers of basal rosettes. Pendulous, 2-3" long, tubular, funnel-shaped, coppery-rose flowers are closely grouped along each spike. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Mertonensis tolerates full sun, but performs well with some shade.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Bear Creek, Alaska Little Rock, Arkansas North Little Rock, Arkansas Alameda, California Calistoga, California Richmond, California Colorado Springs, Colorado Centerbrook, Connecticut Stamford, Connecticut Atlanta, Georgia North Decatur, Georgia Westchester, Illinois Farmersburg, Indiana Grandview Plaza, Kansas Ewing, Kentucky Salvisa, Kentucky Bordelonville, Louisiana Parkton, Maryland Norton, Massachusetts Bellaire, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Hopkins, Minnesota Lincoln, Nebraska Hoboken, New Jersey Los Alamos, New Mexico Cayuga Heights, New York High Point, North Carolina Lake Toxaway, North Carolina Portland, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Brookhaven, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania Clover, South Carolina Murfreesboro, Tennessee Garland, Texas Houston, Texas Salt Lake City, Utah Fairlawn, Virginia Kalama, Washington Eglon, West Virginia Oconto, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin