These are invaluable for shady spots, flowering best in moderate sunlight. They like a rich, leafy soil. The plant grows to 41/2 ft or more, and the hybrids produce many lovely tints. The Excelsior hybrids carry their blooms either horizontally or almost erect and all round the stems, instead of hanging down on one side. This enables one to see the full beauty of the various spots and blotches inside the ‘bells’. Sow in May to flower the following year. The young plants rapidly spring up from self-sown seeds. They are poisonous to animals. Note that slugs are very fond of foxgloves..Keep these pests at bay by means of a metaldehyde preparation.

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