Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Mix' (Foxglove, Mixed - Excelsior Mix) is a popular variety of Digitalis purpurea celebrated for its tall spires of showy and bell-shaped flowers. This biennial flowering plant belongs to the Plantaginaceae family and is highly valued for its vertical presence and diverse mix of colors.
'Excelsior Mix' Foxglove typically grows to a height of about 3 to 5 feet (90 to 150 centimeters) and forms a rosette of green, lance-shaped leaves at the base. From the center of the rosette, tall flower stalks emerge, adorned with numerous tubular flowers arranged in a graceful and impressive manner.
The flowers of Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Mix' are the main attraction of this variety. Each flower is bell-shaped, with a flaring mouth and spotted or speckled throat. The Excelsior Mix offers a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, purple, white, and yellow. The mix creates a visually stunning and diverse display, adding interest and beauty to the garden.
The blooms of Foxglove are arranged in a vertical spike, with the flowers opening sequentially from the bottom to the top, prolonging the flowering period. The tall flower stalks make them a striking focal point in garden borders and beds.
Caring for 'Excelsior Mix' Foxglove involves providing them with partial shade to full sun exposure, depending on the climate. They prefer well-drained soil and regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist. Mulching around the base of the plants helps retain moisture and control weeds.
Foxglove flowers are known to attract bees and other pollinators, contributing to the biodiversity and ecological value of the garden. However, it is important to note that while the flowers of Digitalis purpurea are visually appealing, all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested, so caution should be exercised, especially in households with children and pets.
The tall and majestic presence of Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Mix' adds vertical interest and a touch of elegance to cottage gardens, woodland settings, and mixed perennial borders. With their diverse mix of colors and their distinctive bell-shaped flowers, 'Excelsior Mix' Foxgloves create a striking and enchanting atmosphere in any outdoor space.
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Scientific Name: Digitalis Purpurea 'Excelsior Mix'
Common Name: Foxglove, Mixed - Excelsior Mix
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: United States
Full Growth Height: 24-36"
Spread: 1-2 ft
Zone: 5 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Spring(Early), Summer (Early, Mid)
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Flower: Cut Flower, Plant of Merit, Showy,
Flower Color: Light Pink, light purple, white
Resistant: Deer, Rabbit
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Moist, Well-drained, Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk
Soil pH: Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Garden Uses: Beds and Borders, Wall Side Borders, Coastal Gardens