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
Seed in autumn (but seedlings will vary considerably), selected forms by softwood cuttings in early summer.
Self seeds freely.
Other uses of Fairy foxglove
Suitable for rock gardens, walls and troughs.