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Digitalis thapsi 'Spanish Peaks'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: thapsi (THAP-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Spanish Peaks

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
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:

Propagation Methods:
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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral art_n_garden On Jul 1, 2009, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Introduced by PlantSelect in 1999 as a xeriscape perennial-
From their website, "The purpose of Plant Select is to seek out, identify and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains."

Positive nevadagdn On May 13, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Happenstance describes this plant as tolerating drier conditions--I'd say more like DEMANDS drier conditions. I put my plants in dry shade, sandy clay soil under river rock, give them a bit of water from a soaker hose setup, and they thrive. I tried planting them in my moister woodland area before this, and they up and vanished.

Positive Happenstance On May 15, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Will tolerate drier conditions (and most any type soil conditions) than some other Digitalis, raspberry colored flowers


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

Calistoga, California
Clayton, California
Kiowa, Colorado
Parker, Colorado
Wilmington, Delaware
Plainfield, Illinois
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Sparks, Nevada
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Chiloquin, Oregon
Walterville, Oregon
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
Riverton, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Shoreline, Washington
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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