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Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King' (Strawbery foxglove 'Summer King')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.75m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King'

Other names

Strawbery foxglove 'Summer King'

Genus

Digitalis Digitalis

Variety or Cultivar

'Summer King' _ 'Summer King' is a vigorous, rosette-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with ovate to lance-shaped, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves and erect racemes of rose-pink flower from spring to early summer.


Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King' is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Rosette, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Highly toxic if eaten.

Flower

Rose-pink in Spring; Rose-pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King' (Strawbery foxglove 'Summer King') will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Cultivation

Grow in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. An ideal site is a humus-rich soil in partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King'

Other names

Strawbery foxglove 'Summer King'

Genus

Digitalis Digitalis

Variety or Cultivar

'Summer King' _ 'Summer King' is a vigorous, rosette-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with ovate to lance-shaped, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves and erect racemes of rose-pink flower from spring to early summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Rosette, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Highly toxic if eaten.


Colour

Flower

Rose-pink in Spring; Rose-pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Digitalis x mertonensis 'Summer King' (Strawbery foxglove 'Summer King') will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Cultivation

Grow in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. An ideal site is a humus-rich soil in partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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