Plant Profile: Digiplexis

Digiplexis blooms in the MSHS display garden at the Minnesota State Fair.

Digiplexis blooms in the MSHS display garden at the Minnesota State Fair.

The newly created Digiplexis is a bright and beautiful intergeneric cross between digitalis (foxglove) and isoplexis, its cousin from the Canary Islands. Digiplexis is treated as an annual in Minnesota and will bloom until frost. You can see a lovely example of it at the MSHS display garden at the Minnesota State Fair this week.

Digiplexis quickly grow to its full size of 36 inches high and 18 inches wide. The digiplexis is decorated with rows of flame-colored blossoms on upright, strong stems, resembling foxglove flowers. Flowering begins in mid-spring and continues until the end of the summer. The outer petals of the flowers are a fuchsia hue, while the throats transition from red to orange to pale yellow. These gorgeous plants attract bees and butterflies, adding even more color to the mix.

Like its parent digitalis, his plant can be harmful if ingested. Be sure to keep an eye on pets and small children that play near the digiplexis.

The stunning digiplexis is adaptable and easy to manage. The flower can effectively grow in full sun to part shade. Be sure to plant the digiplexis in well-drained soil and provide it with an average amount of water. This healthy hybrid requires minimal maintenance and thrives in a wide variety of conditions. Digiplexis flowers are a striking and colorful edition to any garden collection.

—Megan Danielson

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