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Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’
by Susan Martin - August 2015

Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’ has a refined, compact habit, so it fits easily with other plants in combination container plantings.

The hot pink, tubular flowers of Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’ naturally attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees, which delight in the blooms’ sweet nectar.

If you have an eye for the unusual, you may have spotted this revolutionary new tropical foxglove when it made its debut in garden centers last year. What is it? It’s a bit of an enigma really. Though it looks like a perennial foxglove (Digitalis spp.), ‘Berry Canary’ blooms like an annual from late spring to frost before perishing in our frigid winters. Digiplexis owes half of its good looks to perennial foxglove and the other half to Isoplexis, a long blooming tropical relative of foxglove.

Use ‘Berry Canary’ in your landscape and containers just like you would a foxglove. It makes a strong statement as a thriller in combination containers and brings season-long color to garden beds. The mounded rosette of large, dark green leaves is topped with sturdy scapes lined with exotic looking hot pink flowers with a creamy yellow, spotted throat. Buy Digiplexis in bloom at the garden center and it will be a blooming powerhouse for you the entire season. Since it is only winter hardy to Zone 8 and has very specific chilling requirements to initiate blooms, it is best to buy Digiplexis every year. 


Quick Facts and Keys to Success


Common Name: Tropical Foxglove

Botanical Name: Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’

Type of Plant: Annual

Hardiness Zone: 8 (Grown as an annual in the Midwest)

Bloom Time: Late spring to frost

Size: 24 inches tall by 20 inches wide

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Watering: Average to moist soil

Soil: Use potting soil if growing in containers or enrich the garden soil if planting in the ground. 

When to Fertilize:  Fertilize every six to eight weeks with a balanced fertilizer or use potting soil already enriched with fertilizer.


A version of this article appeared in print in Michigan Gardening, Volume III Issue IV.



Susan Martin is an avid gardener and respected garden communicator for trade and consumer audiences. Follow her on Facebook @ Gardener Sue’s News.


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