The Canary Islands parentage of this Foxglove hybrid gives it bright pastel blooms and lush, vigorous foliage. This striking hybrid is the result of breeding between Digitalis (Foxglove) and a Digitalis relative from the canary islands, Isoplexis. Commonly known as Digiplexis, this ground-breaking new hybrid is big, vigorous, long-blooming, and beautifully colored. Due to their natural hybrid vigor and the fact that these plants are sterile (and do not waste energy trying to go to seed), Digiplexis are bushy, fast-growing, and very floriferous. Bred by Thompson and Morgan, 'Illumination Flame' is an instant hit: it has already won high honors, like Plant of the Year at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show and Greenhouse Grower's 2013 Award of Excellence. It was also featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Fine Gardening Magazine and in the June 2014 issue of Garden Gate Magazine. Grow one of your own, and you will see what is so special about this new Foxglove. The gorgeous spikes of big, multicolored blooms will add vibrant vertical color to any bed, border, or container, and they make hot cutflowers.
Quickly growing to its full size of 36 inches high and 18 inches wide, this Digiplexis grows orderly, densely-packed rows of flame-colored blossoms on upright, strong stems over a long period of bloom. Flowering begins in mid spring (April) and continues through until the end of the summer. The stems boast tubular flowers that look like living flames. The outer petals are a fuchsia hue, while the the throats transition from red to orange to a pale yellow. And despite the fact that they are sterile, these gorgeous flowers still attract bees and butterflies, adding even more color to the display.
Plant 'Illumination Flame' in full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil and give it average water. With little attention, this healthy hybrid thrives in a wide variety of conditions. Its only weakness is the cold--due to its Canary Island parentage, 'Illumination Flame' can not take too much chilly weather. Hardy in zones 8 to 11, this Foxglove hybrid is so gorgeous and long-blooming that it is also worth growing as an annual farther north. The cutflowers alone make this one a must-grow!Note: Digiplexis is closely related to Digitalis and contains the same toxins as that Genus. This plant is a skin irritant and can be harmful or fatal if ingested, so be sure to keep children and pets away from your Digiplexis and any water that the flowers have been in.