FOXGLOVE EXCELSIOR STRAIN
Excelsior Hybrid Foxglove Seeds 6465. An extra early bloomer with a tall stately inflorescence of bell-shaped blooms accented with spotted throats. Colours include pink, rose, purple, cream, primrose and white. Performs well in sun or partial shade. Matures to 1.5 m (5′) height in the second year. Prefers wind sheltered locations with full sun in moist soils or partial shade in drier locations. Excelsior is a freely reseeding biennial hardy to Zone 4. Note: Seeds and plants are considered toxic.
How to Grow
4600 seed/gram. Native to the Mediterranean. Although considered a biennial, it reseeds so freely once established, it is a permanent fixture in the garden. Start seeds indoors in a soil-less mix in February or March for a chance at first year flowering. Germinate at 20 C (70 F) then grow on under lights at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and planting in the garden in a sheltered site. Seed can be directly sown in May and June and again in mid-August to mid-September for flowering in the following year.
BLOOMING SEASON BEGINS
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Spring or Late Summer
DAYS TO EMERGENCE
10 to 15
Tall (120 to 150 cm)(48" to 60")
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Plantaginaceae (or Scrophulariaceae)
Great for vertical colour, Hummingbird plant, Massing in semi shaded sites, Stately accent or back of the border plant