Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’


Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ in a 2 litre pot.

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Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ is a stunning and unique hybrid Foxglove that produces beautiful pink flowers with red spots that bloom in the summer. This biennial plant is known for its tall and upright growth habit, making it an ideal choice for adding height and drama to the back of a border or as a standalone specimen in the garden. ‘Summer King’ is a hardy variety that thrives in partial shade to full sun and well-drained soil that’s not too wet. It’s also drought tolerant and can withstand dry conditions, making it an ideal choice for gardeners who want a plant that’s easy to care for. To complement Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’, consider planting it alongside other tall and upright perennials like Echinops or Veronica. It also pairs well with companion plants like Salvia or Achillea, which can help to create a beautiful and colorful garden display. Overall, Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ is a stunning and unique plant that will add a touch of beauty and elegance to any garden. Its pink flowers with red spots, along with its tall and upright growth habit and hardy nature, make it an excellent choice for gardeners who want to create a striking and low-maintenance outdoor space.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Strawberry Foxglove ‘Summer King’
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ can grow to a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m.
  • Did You Know That:The name Digitalis comes from the Latin for finger, due to the similarity of the flowers to a thimble.

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

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Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ prefers moist but well-draining soil. This plant is not tolerant of alkaline soil, it requires either a neutral or acidic soil to grow.

Best Position

Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and can cope with either full sun or partial shade.


Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ is fairly low maintenance and doesn’t require any pruning.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Digitalis x mertonensis ‘Summer King’ can have problems with aphids, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as leaf spot, powdery mildews and downy mildews. It is also known to attract bees and butterflies. It is toxic to cats, dogs, horses and people.

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