Foxglove - Excelsior (Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior') Organic - Non-GMO - Flower
Foxglove Biennial or Short-Lived Perennial
Biennial (or short-lived perennial depending on growing conditions)
Foxglove 'Excelsior' is a stunning biennial or short-lived perennial known for its tall spires of bell-shaped flowers. Here's some information on growing and caring for Foxglove 'Excelsior':
- Plant Type: Biennial (Can behave as a short-lived perennial in some conditions)
- Growth Cycle: Biennial (or short-lived perennial)
Foxglove 'Excelsior' is a classic garden favorite, prized for its dramatic appearance and towering flower spikes adorned with tubular, bell-shaped blossoms. It typically behaves as a biennial, meaning it completes its life cycle in two years, but under the right conditions, it can behave as a short-lived perennial, returning for a few more years.
- Location: Choose a partially shaded to full sun location in your garden. Foxgloves can tolerate some shade but perform best with at least partial sun.
- Soil: Plant 'Excelsior' in well-draining, fertile soil. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0.
- Planting: Sow Foxglove 'Excelsior' seeds in late spring to early summer for blooms in the following year. Plant the seeds 1/8 inch deep in the soil or simply press them onto the surface of the soil and lightly tamp them down.
- Spacing: Space the seeds or young plants about 12-18 inches apart to provide ample room for growth.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Foxgloves appreciate regular watering, especially during dry periods.
- Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch to help conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds.
- Fertilizing: Foxgloves don't require heavy feeding. You can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring.
- Support: As the tall flower spikes develop, you may need to provide support in the form of stakes or other structures to prevent them from flopping over.
- Deadheading: Remove spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding, as Foxgloves can become invasive in some regions.
- Winter Care: In regions with cold winters, Foxgloves may not overwinter as perennials. Protect the plant base with mulch to increase the chances of survival.
- Seed Count: 1/8 gram
Foxglove 'Excelsior' is a captivating addition to your garden, with its towering, colorful blooms that attract pollinators and add a touch of elegance to your landscape. Enjoy the beauty of this biennial (or short-lived perennial) in your outdoor space.