Bred in a West Sussex nursery, Rehmannia Magic Dragon, a splendid new variety of the plant known as Chinese foxglove, was introduced at Chelsea in 2015 to much acclaim. It certainly has a touch of the exotic about it, with its large flared pink trumpet like flowers held on stately stems above a rosette of coarse rather hairy leaves over a long period from summer into autumn. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained soil. 30 in. 2 litre pot.
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Rehmannia Walberton's Magic Dragon, to give this plant its full title, is a cross between two species of Rehmannia, R. Elata and R. Glutinosa, developed by David Tristram at Walberton Nursery in West Sussex (which explains the middle part of the name). The result is a plant that has larger flowers than the species and a much longer flowering season, which may extend from May (subject to the seasonal weather, of course!) right through to October. Now that's pretty impressive.
The habitat for Rehmannia in its native China includes woodland and stony ground, so in a garden situation it is best planted in a relatively sheltered position in sun or partial shade with soil that is free draining without ever becoming bone dry. It is hardy enough, but - in common with many other plants - it is averse to winter wet, so good drainage is important. If you are on clay soil, you will need to consider providing improved drainage or settle for growing your Magic Dragon in a nice big pot.
This is one of those privileged plants that has its very own website, which you can visit here.
Rehmannia Magic Dragon is a hardy perennial with coarse hairy leaves and pink trumpet like flowers in summer and autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.
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