Digitalis x valinii ‘Falcon Fire’
The gardening world was taken by storm in 2012 when English company Thompson and Morgan released Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’. The breakthrough new hybrid was the result of years of breeding experiments by Charles Valin, and for the first time crossed two genera, Digitalis and its more exotic cousin from the Canary Islands, Isoplexis.
Several of these crosses have followed, and the pithy portmanteau name Digiplexis has come to commonly identify them. The only wrinkle here is that the successful crossing has caused Isoplexis species to be reclassified under the Digitalis genus, making Digiplexis somewhat nonsensical. The hybrids are now formally (and fittingly) recognised as Digitalis x valinii to honour the pioneering work of Charles Valin.
This Digitalis x valinii cultivar, ‘Falcon Fire’, is a stunner. It puts on a wonderfully long display from October until April, with 1m flower spikes bearing dozens of outward-facing flowers in deep pink with lightly speckled, mango orange interiors.
Prefers a full sun and is a great addition to a cottage garden or a superb potted plant. Height 1m, width 40-50cm