Camelot Foxglove - Louisiana Super Plant Fall 2010

Camelot foxgloves are impressive and showy in the garden

Removing old flowers will extend the bloom time on these plants

The bell-shaped flowers have interesting markings inside

Camelot Foxglove flowers face outward for best show

If you have never grown foxgloves, Camelot foxglove is the one to try.

Foxgloves (Digitalis species and hybrids) are biennials or short-lived perennials. Here in the Deep South, however, we grow them as cool-season annuals. That is, we grow them during the cool season which runs from October/November to April/May. They bloom in spring or early summer and then typically die in the heat of summer. 

The Camelot series foxgloves are bred to be especially strong and vigorous growing. And these foxgloves are somewhat more heat-tolerant than the foxgloves used in the past, allowing Camelot foxgloves to bloom well into late May or early June.

These plants produce large flowers displayed on 16- to 18-inch-long flower spikes. The flowers are larger and the spikes are taller than previously grown varieties. The bell-shaped flowers of foxgloves are arranged around a strong, tall stem that grows from the center of the plant.

Typically, the flowers tend to hang down, and you cannot see into the beautifully spotted throats. The flowers of Camelot foxgloves, however, are held more horizontally, which creates a fuller-looking flower spike and reveals the spotted interior of the flowers. And the flowers face outward, instead of down, for the best show.

They make an outstanding display anywhere but are great in tall borders or background plantings.  Rose, Lavender, and Cream are recommended for the best performance.

Growing Information:

Grows 36” tall by 12” wide

  • Cool season annual
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Grows 36" tall by 12" wide
  • Space 12"-16” apart
  • Best planted October through February
  • For superior results, purchase when young and before the colorful display begins
  • Hardy during the winter
  • Plant into well-prepared beds that have been amended with compost or other decayed organic matter
  • Apply a light application of general-purpose fertilizer at planting and again in early spring
  • Removing old flowers will extend the bloom time on these plants
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