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Digitalis purpurea 'Apricot Blush'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Apricot Blush

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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 pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bug_Girl On Apr 27, 2003, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

They are doing great however, then tend to need a lot of water if the weather is hot or they begin to wilt.

Neutral Baa On Aug 28, 2002, Baa wrote:

A striking, tall, semi evergreen plant for the back of the border.

Has long spikes of pale pinkish/apricot coloured flowers.

Loves moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It's quite tolerant of a number of soils and conditions except, very wet, very dry or too much heat. In areas where the summer temperature gets very high this will need some shade.

As with all D. purpurea cultivars, treat as a biennial and don't expect the seed to come true if garden collected as they will cross pollinate freely with others of the same (and sometimes different) species.

Sow direct in late spring or early autumn if possible as they dislike being transplanted.


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

Calistoga, California
San Francisco, California
Bellaire, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Granville, New York
Norfolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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