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Digitalis purpurea 'Candy Mountain'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Candy Mountain
Additional cultivar information: (Candy Mountain series)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

23 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive birder17 On Jan 25, 2012, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is one of the prettiest in my flower garden. It has good stature, blooms a long time, and a very pretty magenta color, It is a biennial. I winter sow this plant each year as I don't want to be without it. After the plants get big enough, I pot each plant up in a 4 inch pot. Water them as needed and plant them in the fall, September. This works really well for me. They usually stay evergreen all winter and bloom in June.

Negative ge1836 On Jan 2, 2012, ge1836 from Pittsford, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have clay soil so maybe that's the reason my luck with this plant was so awfull.
I planted 3 in April 2010, and 2 died before July.The surviving plant put up a stunted bloom spike and the buds that formed never opened on the short spike.
All in all I have written all Foxgloves off my list.
I realize as a bienial I should have givin it another year but I had no faith.

Positive Shirley1md On Nov 13, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A very unique growing Foxglove that faces upwards towards the sky, making it easy for you and bees to look inside! Stunning rosy pink bloom with attractive, freckled throats that flower all along the strong sturdy stems. Excellent to use in the border or in cottage gardens.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ellicott City, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Norwood, Massachusetts
Otis, Massachusetts
Southborough, Massachusetts
Jackson, Missouri
Elba, New York
Pittsford, New York
Enid, Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
Leesburg, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington

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