“Impossible” Foxglove Named Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Thompson & Morgan’s new, world exclusive foxglove “Illumination Pink” was chosen from an impressive shortlist of plants to win this prestigious accolade. “Illumination Pink” is the result of breeding that was considered to be impossible. The UK native foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, has an exotic looking relative named Isoplexis, normally found in the Canary Islands. This latter genus was classified by botanists as separate from Digitalis and, as such, traditional wisdom stated that the two would not make a successful cross. However, Charles Valin, T&M’s plant breeder, never one to shy away from a challenge, tried the cross and was successful.
The resulting intergeneric hybrid combines the purple shades of our native foxgloves with the warm orangey colours and jagged petals of Isoplexis. The plant is reliably perennial, flowers for months on end and has colourings comparable to any exotic flower. Digitalis “Illumination Pink” is totally sterile, so it doesn’t waste any energy in seed production and continues blooming from May through to November.
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