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Camelot White Foxglove

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Lovely uniform series presenting tall spikes of beautifully colored tubular flowers with spotted throats, rising above deep green leaves; blooms late spring to mid summer, perfect for borders, beds and cottage gardens; lovely in fresh cut arrangements

Characteristics

Species:
purpurea
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches (4 feet with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Digitalis
Cultivar:
Camelot White
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
towering
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
14 inches
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Eye Color:
white
Flower Form:
tubular
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Camelot White Foxglove features bold spikes of creamy white tubular flowers with white throats and purple spots rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Camelot White Foxglove is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Camelot White Foxglove will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies. However, this species tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Camelot White Foxglove is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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