I admire the beautiful Foxglove and have had them in my garden for years. Two years ago, something happened. The upper flowers mutated into a large cup at the top of the flower stalk. Notice that the stalk still has a few of the usual flower buds which opened as expected. Very peculiar indeed.
Last year had the same result, although there was also a normal looking foxglove in the same vicinity. (These photos are from last year.) This past spring I was excited to see another plant emerging in the same spot. It was doing splendidly until one day in early June. It seemed to have dried up overnight. Crispy dry – so I don’t know that I’ll ever see the mutants again. So sad. I rather liked them. I have a lovely yellow one growing in the back yard this year though. So far everything looks normal…..