Digitalis canariensis

Family: Plantaginaceae

Countries: Canary Islands

After a name change, when this plant was briefly known by the botanical name Isoplexis canariensis, the Canary Island foxglove has now reverted back to its earlier botanical name of Digitalis canariensis.  This tender, evergreen shrub is endemic to the Canary Islands, where plants grow in forests and woodland areas.

Digitalis canariensis grows to 1.5m (5ft) tall.  This foxglove grows well when planted in moist, well-drained soils, in full sun or partial shade, in a sheltered location.  It’s important to choose your planting location wisely, as this shrub is tender – it will not withstand a frost or a cold winter, outside.

A summer flowering, tender evergreen shrub, Digitalis canariensis produces warm, apricot-orange coloured blooms, which are very attractive to bees and other pollinating insects.

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