• 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 'Sutton's Apricot'

foxglove 'Sutton's Apricot'

  • Other common names foxglove 'Sutton's Apricot'

  • 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 'Sutton's Apricot' is a semi-evergreen biennial (occasionally short-lived perennial), to 1.5m tall, with soft green leaves and large, erect spikes of creamy yellowish-pink bells, each 4cm long

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity All parts highly toxic if ingested

  • 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)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

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

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, 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 almost any soil except very wet or very dry, although humus-rich soil in part shade is preferred

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers/in situ in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Prairie Planting Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Deadhead after flowering unless seed is required

Pests Generally pest free but flower stems may be affected by aphids

Diseases May be affected by a leaf spot or powdery mildews

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