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Fairy foxglove

Erinus spp.

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Full Sun
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Fairy foxglove Overview

Small genus with just 2 described species of short-lived, clumping, hardy perennial. They are semi-evergreen and also known as fairy foxglove and alpine balsam. One species, Erinus alpinus has been extensively cultivated for its ornamental value, with multuiple cultivars available. Foliage is arranged in rosettes and generally toothed but these are mainly grown for their pretty blooms. Stems tend to be hairy and flowers have 5 unequally sized petals, two upper ones are narrower than the three bottom petals and the entire flower is bilaterally symmetrical in one plane down the centre. Flowers are white or some shade of pink-purple.

How to propagate Fairy foxglove

Cuttings

Seed in autumn (but seedlings will vary considerably), selected forms by softwood cuttings in early summer.

Seed

Self seeds freely.

Other uses of Fairy foxglove

Suitable for rock gardens, walls and troughs.