Unknown perennial w/tubular flowers

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  1. nitrogeninthesoil

    nitrogeninthesoil Active Member 10 Years

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    Hello.

    Does anyone know what this is? Growing on property in VA. May or may not be native to area though.

    Thank-you!
     

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    It looks like a Penstemon.
     
  3. nitrogeninthesoil

    nitrogeninthesoil Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank-you for your input! Maybe Digitalis lutea?
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    That would be my thought @nitrogeninthesoil. Leaf shape and flowers fits perfectly.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I held back as I do not recognise this.
    I am so sorry but having grown Digitalis lutea I do not think it is a match.
    Colour is wrong.
    Flower has too many points. Digitalis lutea flowers have only 5 pointed parts .
    Mystery mage right hand flower shows 6 points.
    Flowers are drooping down...cannot see inside. Foxgloves normally face out.

    Would like to see more pics.whole plant/looking into the flower etc.

    digitalis lutea flower macro - Google Search

    digitalis lutea flower macro - Google Search
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Interesting Silver surfer, I can't think of anything else that is a close match than this. Wonder if it's a rare anomaly!!?
     
  7. nitrogeninthesoil

    nitrogeninthesoil Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank-you all for input. I agree with Silver surfer...it was close but I had questions so I googled and posted my unknown here. Person to whom unknown belongs bought plants from here

    Small Yellow Foxglove Seeds (Digitalis lutea)

    ....where they also sell D. lutea seeds and though she did not buy the seeds she thinks they came along with another plant she bought from there which makes sense. However, is it possible that this is some kind of horticultural variety of the wild type?
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Yes that was my thought, hence my latest posting #6.
     
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    nitrogeninthesoil Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank-you Acerholic. I was looking at pics in links Silver posted and while majority of plants have the typical foxglove appearance with the flared flower that is facing out and were generally more colourful there were some pics that came close to the unknown....HUGE variety for one species!
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I think it might be difficult to pin this one down. As you say a huge variety for one species. Somewhat like maples these days.
     
  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Now that it's a few days later, are you able to post an updated photo of the most mature flowers?
     
  12. nitrogeninthesoil

    nitrogeninthesoil Active Member 10 Years

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    Here's an update.
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Interesting. So the lower petal is notched on some flowers and not notched on others. I think it matches a *few* photos of what is claimed to be Digitalis lutea online, but looks pretty distant from some others. I don't know enough about Digitalis to know whether they hybridize or not, but the flip-flop on petal notching suggests to me that this may be a hybrid with Digitalis lutea as one of the parents.
     
  14. nitrogeninthesoil

    nitrogeninthesoil Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank-you for your input. Yes seems a bit odd for a foxglove...I suppose it would be a bit farfetched to imagine a Penstemon being crossed w/Digitalis but this is really what it looks like to me!
     

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