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Digitalis mertonensis ‘Summer King’
Digitalis mertonensis ‘Summer King’
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Digitalis mertonensis ‘Summer King’


USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.190.290

Often described as being “stately” when in bloom, Foxgloves produce enormous spires of large, dangling bells. This selection is a compact variety which forms a low rosette of glossy green leaves in the first year, bursting into flower during the second summer. The flowers are very large, strawberry-rose in colour with darker markings on the inside. Vigorous. Usually lives 2 to 4 years, more of a perennial in habit than the Common Foxglove selections. Any seedlings that appear can be easily moved in their first season, while still small. At flowering time, plants may need to be staked. ‘Summer King’ is a naturally occurring cross between the yellow flowering Digitalis grandiflora and the lavender-rose flowering Digitalis purpurea. CAUTION: Toxic if eaten.

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Digitalis mertonensis ‘Summer King’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Hummingbirds
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
   50-65 cm
   20-25 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate