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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Fox­glove

The dig­i­talis, whose sci­en­tific name means ‘fin­ger-like’ be­cause of the ease with which a flower of D. pur­purea can be fit­ted over a fin­ger­tip, is a com­mon sight in this coun­try, grow­ing ev­ery­where from rail­way sid­ings to wild­flower mead­ows or stand­ing tall in beds and bor­ders.

Th­ese bi­en­ni­als grow eas­ily in most gar­dens in moist but welldrained soil in dap­pled shade.

In the first year they pro­duce large rosettes of oval-shaped, deep green leaves fol­lowed, in early sum­mer the next year, by a tall spire of flow­ers.

They look best when planted in groups in front of a dark back­ground of shrubs or in dap­pled wood­land.

Peren­nial fox­gloves in­clude D. gran­di­flora, a smaller pale yel­low ver­sion of the more fa­mil­iar pur­ple fox­glove.

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