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Plant of the week - Canary Island Foxglove

Date posted: 19 June 2014

The Nursery is located behind the scenes in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and houses many special plants.

This week’s Plant of the Week is the Canary Island Foxglove or Isoplexis canariensis. This species is uncommon in the wild and relatively rare in cultivation. It’s a great plant to have in the garden as it has amazing flowers which bloom for long periods of time.

A Botanic Gardens staff member donated one original plant to the Nursery, from which 50 plants have been propagated. The plants are at an advanced stage, however in the growth phase more than 100,000 seeds were collected, which have now been stored. These seeds have been sown to determine their viability and new seedlings have emerged.

These amazing plants will be planted in the woodland section of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. Make sure you read our Plant of the Week posts to keep up to date with what’s looking nice in the Gardens!

Did you know?

The Isoplexis genus is genetically closely related to Digitalis, which is the common foxglove. Recently UK based Thompson and Morgan introduced a new hybrid which was thought to be impossible, Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’. The 2012 RHS Chelsea flower show plant of the year was actually a hybridised, Digitalis purpurea with Isoplexis canariensis.

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