Foxgloves??? Flower of the Day

IMG_0858 IMG_0860 IMG_0877These flowers were on the grounds of the Lake Chapala Society in Ajijic.  I’m guessing they are foxgloves.  Does anyone have a different guess?

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29 thoughts on “Foxgloves??? Flower of the Day

      1. MG Mason

        They could be a cousin, but as foxglove is native to Europe and not North America, they could be a crossbreed. I agree they look a little like them though 🙂

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  1. MG Mason

    No, they are not foxglove. The plant is very common here in England on the edge of wetlands and waste ground. Though it looks similar, the flowers are a completely different shape and they do not have the speckling.

    As you can see, they are called foxgloves because they look a little bit like miniature gloves.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          But delphiniums have separated petals, and this is just one tubular blossom, like Foxgloves, but ruffled on the end. Also, I can’t see that Foxgloves actually look like gloves, can you?

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      1. MG Mason

        Yet foxgloves have flowers on just one “face”. If you look on the pic I have posted, the flowers are on just one side (more obvious on the flowers on the left hand side). Whatever these are, they have multiple faces from which the flowers are fanning out. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a hybrid of both plants – it looks like both, but not quite enough elements of each to come down on one side or another.

        Haha, it’s one of those “if you squint and turn your head sideways” moments. The flower is funneled, shaped a bit like a paw so yeah, sort of, kind of… almost 😉

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Well, I guess we’ll let it remain a mystery. My dad was a farmer and when we’d drive in the car he’d always report on what the crops were on either side of the road. He’s long gone, but I still have the habit of wanting to know the name of every plant I pass.

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  3. alhowlinwater

    I just Googled foxglove and got a nice result. If you Google foxglove you get a link to digitalis and there is a link to images and there are hundreds of images. Most of them are a narrower opening and longer slimmer opening but there seems to be quite a bit of variation in form. Check it out the flower form and variation are stunningly beautiful.

    Al

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  4. alhowlinwater

    Ok, I just checked Park Seed and they have lots of beautiful varieties if you might be inclined to try planting them. Don’t eat or get too close especially to dried up seedpods can cause poisoning or allergic reactions up to and including death. Park Seed is a great resource. They have a catalogue for hobbyiest and pro’s too. When I went to school learning greenhouse and nursery management I read one of Park’s books called ” Park’s Success with Seed “. Great book if you want to be successful with plants you want to try to grow from seed which is much less expensive than buying plants from a nursery, also fun and excitement!

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