SOLVED: Purple, sticky foliage, looks like foxglove but isn't

The top photo is a closeup of the bloom, which is about 1.5 times bigger than a foxglove. You can see an unopened bloom at the very top.

Below is the foliage. Does anyone know?


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Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Dave that's the South African foxglove It's an annual. I grew them last year for the first time. There's also a white variety. I liked them but the flowers seemed to fall off too quickly. Everytime a few buds would open ... the older ones fell off. It never seemed to have more than 3 or 4 buds open at one time. It's still a nice looking plant - eh?

Sure is - very nice indeed. I've noticed the same thing - we have only about 2 open right now, but they are beautiful indeed. The long tongue that protrudes from the bottom is an interesting feature.

Now, I wonder how this plant came to be in our landscaping? I have absolutely no recollection of these seeds. I'll have to speak with Trish about it. Thanks for the id, Sue!


Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

There's a good chance I may have sent you some seeds last year.

Highly likely. I haven't talked to Trish about it, but, good grief, you must have sent 200 different kinds of seeds last year!!

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)


Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Dave, when GoVols was visiting to get daylilies, she brought us some plants. The ravenous bunny ate mine down to the ground. Someone please save me a few seeds please, it's beautiful.

Will do, Cala. Hopefully there's be mucho seeds from this beauty.

Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

dave, mine aren't growing. it looks like yours are in full sun?? are they just not going to do anything, anyone know? they are about 6" tall.

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