• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Digitalis purpurea 'Camelot Lavender' (Camelot Series)

foxglove 'Camelot Lavender'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
  • Other common names foxglove 'Camelot Lavender'

  • Synonyms Digitalis 'Camelot Deep Lavender'

  • Family Plantaginaceae

  • Genus Digitalis can be biennials or usually short-lived perennials forming a rosette of simple leaves with bell-shaped flowers in slender, erect, usually one-sided racemes

  • Details 'Camelot Lavender' is a biennial or short-lived perennial, 1.2m high, with overwintering rosettes of green leaves, and stems of pale purplish-pink flowers, spotted inside with maroon outlined in white, over a long flowering period in summer; the flowers appear in the first rather than second year, grow all round the spikes rather than on one side, and face horizontally rather than hanging downwards; wild native foxgloves are a reliably good source of nectar for bumblebees, especially long-tongued bumblebees, and some but not all garden cultivars may also be good bumblebee plants

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity All parts are toxic if eaten. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist but well-drained humus-rich soil in light dappled shade, for example in a mixed bed or an open woodland garden, and add organic mulch; native foxgloves are usually found in the wild on acidic soils, but they can also grow on neutral soils, and tolerate slightly alkaline soils

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown in spring; it is an F1 hybrid, so plants from self-seeding will not come true

Suggested planting locations and garden types Cut Flowers Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required, but deadheading, cutting down dead flowering stems, will encourage secondary flowering shoots, and encourage growth the following year

Pests Can get aphids and leaf and bud eelworm

Diseases May be affected by fungal leaf spots, powdery mildews, downy mildews, crown rots and root rots

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