ISOPLEXIS (DIGITALIS) CANARIENSIS

ISOPLEXIS (DIGITALIS) CANARIENSIS

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Closely related to digitalis (see below), Isoplexis Canariensis or the Canary Island Foxglove, as it is known, is in fact an evergreen shrub with dark green lance-shaped and almost leathery leaves in whorls around the branching stems. From early summer onwards it has tall flowering spikes clothed with remarkable tubular flowers best described as golden apricot in colour. Rare and beautiful, it needs to be kept frost free. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 5 ft. 9cm or 2 litre pot.

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Now this is the plant that was crossed with Digitalis to produce the recently introduced Illumination series of foxgloves. They said it couldn't be done, but it was. Nice to have this original, though. Bet few of your friends will recognise it.

There has been much confusion over the years as to the status of Isoplexis. Way back in 1753 the great man himself Linnaeus described Isoplexis Canariensis as a member of the genus Digitalis, then over the course of the following couple of centuries it spent some time as a separate genus, being moved in and out, around and about, until settling this century as a section within Digitalis, of which Digitalis Canariensis is a member. We have to confess to continuing to think of this plant as something rather distinctive and individual so struggle with calling it digitalis. But that’s just the way we are.

Isoplexis Canariensis is a tender evergreen shrub with leathery leaves and spikes of tubular golden apricot flowers in summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.


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