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Re: Foxgloves, wild?
gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: Foxgloves, wild?
  • From: Barbara Tandy <sundrops@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:43:53 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

I've seen the wild foxgloves in Washington too. They are not native but
now have gone wild over a wide area. My mother's theory was that they
had escaped from early settlers' yards. As far as I know they were not
actively planted.

--Barb Tandy, Grass Valley, CA


-----Original Message-----
>From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
>Sent: Jul 18, 2012 2:46 PM
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Subject: [CHAT] Foxgloves, wild?
>
>We have just returned from a 10-day trip to Washington State to celebrate 
>our
>60th anniversary and our oldest son's 59th birthday - same date.  It was a 
>great
>trip - a bit strenuous but all went well.  I have been to the Northwest 
>several 
>times before but the thing that I was struck by this time was large stands 
>of
>Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) along the roadsides.  My daughter-in-law 
>assured
>me they were wild, but I believe they must have been planted by some group
>with a beautification program of some sort.  I have done a bit of research, 
>and
>nothing I can find gives them as a native of this continent.  I have grown 
>them here
>for years, but they have never spread to the extent of these.  The stands 
>were
>quite handsome, but I just wonder how they got there.  I never saw them 
>before.
>Does anyone know about these plants?
> 
>Auralie
>
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