Friday, April 25, 2008

Of Fairies And Foxes

Foxgloves don't bloom until their second year, but it's well worth the wait. They produce tall (3-6 feet) spikes with showy tubular flowers in various shades of purple through white and are marked inside with a variation of speckles. The name derives from an early Anglo-Saxon legend that foxes were given the flowers by bad fairies to put onto their toes to silence their approach when tracking prey. The plant will reseed profusely and seedlings are easily thinned and take heartily to transplanting. Hummingbirds are very fond of them and will seek them out in your garden.

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