This firebrand of a foxglove won prestigious second place in the RHS Flower of the Year Award at Chelsea 2019, it is obvious why. The striking architectural spires of Digitalis x valinii Firebird rise out of glossy, dark green foliage to bring a wonderful heat to herbaceous borders. The interiors of the classic foxglove ‘thimbles’ are remarkable: yellow, speckled with dark pink freckles and with a glowing copper-pink exterior. The petals then flare to delicate points.
This statement plant is not only hardy but it repeat flowers throughout the summer and obligingly dies down to the ground in autumn to reappear the following year. The spires make dramatic arrangements if cut, but, even better, leave them to grow in the border where bees will be drawn into the thimbles to make the loud buzzing so redolent of hot summer days.
Pot Size: 3L
Common Name: Foxglove
Hardiness: Hardy to -5° C
Height and Spread
: 90cm x 60cm
Position: Sun or partial shade
Flowering Period: Late spring – early autumn