• 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 × valinii Illumination Pink = 'Tmdgfp001' (PBR) (Illumination Series)

foxglove [Illumination Pink]

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  • Other common names foxglove [Illumination Pink]

  • Synonyms Digitalis × valinii 'Tmdgfp001'
    Digitalis 'Illumination Rose'

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  • 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 [Illumination Pink] is a hybrid between the hardy native biennial D. purpurea, and the frost-tender, short-lived shrub D. canariensis. It is a sturdy, upright plant with side branching, to 90cm and has large spikes of slightly outward-facing open bell-shaped flowers. The outer surface, and the pointed lobes of each bell, are in shades of peach, pink and mauve, the throat is creamy with small mauve dots. A sterile hybrid, that still produces nectar, with a long flowering season. Winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year in 2012

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity Highly toxic by ingestion. 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)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

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

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will grow in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry; ideal site is a humus-rich soil in partial shade. A hardy perennial

Propagation Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage the growth of flowering side shoots

Pests Can get aphids and leaf and bud eelworm

Diseases May be affected by leaf spots and powdery mildews

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