For our newest installment in our series, Another Perfect Plant, Land Morphology is thrilled to introduce our newest staff member, Paul Cady. Paul is a landscape designer and horticulturist with a professional background in public horticulture and landscape architecture. Paul will be a regular contributing author to this series.
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' is a relatively new arrival to the horticultural trade, first becoming available around 2012. Bred by Charles Valin at Thompson & Morgan, this award-winning plant is a hybrid between Digitalis purpurea and Isoplexis canariensis. A gorgeous cross, it is unfortunately only semi-hardy in the Seattle area. This should not stop you, however, from using it in containers or mixed into perennial borers as an annual.
The orange/salmon/pink flowers mix well with a variety of other colors, and this hybrid is sterile so it shouldn't self-seed itself around the garden. The flowers top out between 2 and 4 feet tall and about 8-12 inches wide. Plant in full-sun to part-shade for best results. If you do get this plant, do note that it can contain the digitalis toxin, which can cause adverse effects to the heart. Perhaps because of this, Digiplexis is also deer resistant.