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What kind of flowers do not blossom in summer on the garden plot of a country house? But species and varieties of digitalis cause an unprecedented enthusiasm among true fans of home gardening. This unpretentious plant is often used as an amazing vertical accent flower bed. Throughout the summer, it is sprinkled with bells on erect peduncles, which originally fit into any floral composition of the garden.
The foxglove plant, the photo of which was provided above, grows almost throughout Europe. It is familiar to the inhabitants of northern Africa, as well as in Asian countries. It is known as a flower with a strong root system and high, dense shoots up to 160 cm high. Each of them is framed by an elongated brush with many elegant buds. Along the stalk on both sides at an angle of 45 ° or 60 ° are ovoid leaves of elongated shape. Those that are near the inflorescence, slightly less than others, which gives the flower a certain charm.
Biologists have about 35 species and varieties of digitalis, which have different sizes. Some of them grow only up to 30 cm, while others are considered real giants. It can be one or perennial plants. Interestingly, before the buds appear on it, the flower does not look very attractive. But from the first days of June, it completely transformed, throwing out an exquisite flower spike decorated with asymmetric buds. In form they resemble a thimble, which indicates an unusual name for the plant.
In scientific circles, the flower is called "Digitalis" and is widely used in folk medicine for the treatment of various ailments.
Meet: popular species and varieties of digitalis
This bright plant has always been considered a welcome ornament of any garden, because its exquisite buds are painted in colors:
Some copies of light tones are strewn with small inclusions, which makes them truly fascinating. Picking up for the flower bed types of thimbles, you should consider not only the color buds, but also the height of an adult plant.
The flower can be planted both in the open areas of the garden, and in the shady alleys in the backyard.
Purple beauty for exotic lovers
In the suburban areas you can often see a tall growing beauty, amazing imagination. Consider the pictures of foxglove purple to get to know her better.
The plant is characterized by erect pubescent shoots, along which oval leaves grow on long petioles. Their outer side is velvety, and the back is slightly pubescent.
Bells blossom in early summer and are:
Flowering ends in early September, therefore, as shown in the photo, digitalis purple long adorns the flower bed in the cottage area. In addition, there are many varieties of this cute flower. Here are some of them:
- "Pink champagne
- Candy Montein;
- "The Expansion".
Scientists continue to work on new varieties and species of digitalis, so that the flower growers could even better decorate their garden beds.
"Fiery Lady" of yellow color
Imagine a lady in a gorgeous yellow dress. This is what the foxglove looks like from the side, yellow, strewn with fire buds. This flower belongs to tall plants, because it reaches a meter height. Unlike others, its foliage and shoots are not pubescent. Buds grow only up to, cm in length. They are dyed in a rich yellow color, only in isolated cases a small browning appears inside the bud.
Presented in the photo foxglove perennial - a real proof of the greatness of this flower.
Effective flower with an unusual name
Fans of tall flowers will appreciate this kind of digitalis. She majestically looks on the flowerbed when she dismisses her graceful bells. Its name in Latin sounds especially impressive - "Digitalis ferruginea". In Russian it is known as a digitalis rusty.
This pretty herb reaches a height of one meter. It is perennial, therefore it is quite suitable for landscape design of a country site. His erect stalk, most often naked, emerges from a rosette of rooted leaflets. The photo of digitalis rusty clearly shows that the remaining plates also differ in size. It all depends on their location on the stem. Buds of the plant slightly resemble orchids with different colors:
- light yellow;
- with a pinkish tint;
- golden brown.
The highlight of the flower is an elegant corolla with wiry patterns of red, lilac or brownish color.
Due to the variety of tones, the plant is widely used for the design of stylish outdoor flower beds in the suburban area.
Serious lady - foxglove
This perennial plant grows to 80 cm in height. The basal leaves have an ovate oblong form, the length of which is about 12 cm. Stem plates (lanceolate) are much smaller, which gives the plant an unusual color.
In the photo of foxglove Fursty, thick pyramidal inflorescences are clearly visible. All of them are abundantly covered with pile. Buds of a brownish-yellow color grow on dense stems of a glandular nature. The first ones are blossoming in June, the last - in August.
Since the plant has a number of useful properties, it is grown on specialized fields as medicinal raw materials.
Majestic decoration of the flower bed is a large-flowered digitalis
Despite its high growth - 120 cm, this flower is considered undersized. The main reason is large buds, which attract special attention. Outside they are painted in a soft yellow, almost white color. And inside you can see a brown scattering of pretty "freckles" that turn a flower into a work of art. The large-flowered digitalis shown in the photo is a true confirmation of this masterpiece of creation.
Some flower lovers know this flower under such names: fox glove, thimble grass and fairy hat.
To date, there are a lot of varieties of this pretentious beauty:
- Digitalis "The Lilac Giant."
- "Apricot" (grows to, m, color - apricot).
- The speck.
- «Snow Thimble».
Each of them has a unique beauty. Even the digitalis white giant size is striking in its unsurpassed quality. After all, from inside, it is colored in a scattering of different shades.
In addition, the unique structure of the bud promotes pollination of the plant. The stamens are located in the upper part, so when the insect touches them, the pollen gets on the backs. They, in turn, penetrating deep into the flower, pollinate the pretentious plant. Over time, boxes are formed on it, filled with seeds. Biologists say that there are several thousand there. Thus, the digitalis successfully reproduces and continues to beautify our unusual planet.