Look Into My Crystal Drop - Foxglove - NZ


Gore, New Zealand

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View Large! We have had Rain, Rain, Rain for most of the night, the garden is sparkling with tiny drops dangling from the petals, such a wonderful and beautiful scene to wake up to.
The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)with its distinctive long purple flowering spikes is perhaps one of the more recognizable exotic species that has escaped from the cultivated garden environment to naturalise in New Zealand. The foxglove has a basal rosette of generally dark green, rough, hairy, ovate to ovate-lanceolate leaves that are 10–25cm long. This rosette of leaves gives rise to densely hairy simple stems that grow up to 1.5 metres high. These spikes hold a one-sided array of tubular flowers, usually purple in colour although pink and white are sometimes seen. These tubular flowers are inflated, 2-lipped and bell-shaped, up to 6cm long and spotted maroon to purple on the inside (Webb et al, 1988; Bryant, 1997; Bricknell, 2003; Connor, 1977). The genus name Digitalis is derived from the Latin word Digitabulum meaning thimble or finger which these characteristic flowers resemble (Qualtrocchi, 2000).
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