Digitalis grandiflora 'CREME BELL'

Digitalis grandiflora
Digitalis grandiflora 'CREME BELL'
yellow foxglove
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS yellow
BLOOMING TIME June - July
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Yellow foxglove finds its home in Centrals and South Europe. Its Latin name refers to large flowers which is a bit overrated seeing so many hybrids especially of common foxglove with much larger flowers. Still, compared with most other wild species, yellow foxglove deserves this name.

And talking of names, this variety is even trickier. The correct name is Creme Bell but is often misspelled, mostly deliberately, in a French way Créme Belle (lovely cream), and even though it is a mistake it fits nonetheless. Simply because the flowers look like glass bowled from the sweetest cream of soft vanilla colour, or a small scoop of lemon sorbet. They are wide funnel-shaped and decorated with deep orange and brown specs in the throat. Individual flowers are well spaced and open one by one up along the stem from June until midsummer.

Leaves are broadly elliptic to ovate, grass green, slightly hairy, and have prominent veins. However delicious and sweet our description of the flowers may sound foxglove is a toxic plant, and despite the fact that it doesn’t make any fruit-like berries that would attract children it is not recommended for mass plantings near playgrounds, school yards, or kindergartens.

Foxglove will grow in almost any soil apart from too wet or too dry. In the wild it is found in humus-rich soils in light woods and its margins, which means that it will love partial shade in your garden, or full sun if kept moist. Excess fertilizing may cause profusion of leaves at the cost of flowers. Hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 04-01-2014.
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