Digitalis x mertonensis (Strawberry Foxglove)

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:

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Plant Details

A shortish foxglove with large, soft dusky pink flowers that rise above a rosette of fairly evergreen, deep green leaves. More perennial than some.

Lovely crushed strawberry flowers. Prefers damp soil.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Does best in light shade in soil which doesn't get too dry.



Bee Catchers, Dead Men's Thimbles, Fairy Bells, Fairy Fingers or, the most common name, Foxgloves. Traditionally associated with magic, fox gloves were supposedly given to the fox by fairies so he could creep silently into the chicken run. The leaves of the Digitalis family are poisonus, since they contain digitalin, a potent drug which slows the heartbeat and is still used medicinally. 


Common name(s): Strawberry Foxglove

All our plants are supplied established in pots. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.