The flowers on this perennial Chinese foxglove start early in the year and go on and on.
Huge pink trumpets on slender stems are quite dazzling combined with the slightly hairy leaves that start out mid-green before changing to russet shades of red.
It multiplies by creating baby plant-lets along the root system so there are always plenty to give to friends.
Lovely but a little on the tender side so plants may not survive harsh weather in exposed gardens. They also dislike excessive winter wet so if you fall in love with this striking species bring indoors over winter and ignore it, keeping the whole plant barely moist.
Re-awaken in spring by watering more frequently.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Light green, red
Well drained, dry in winter
Full sun, partial shade