Native to the Mediterranean region, Digitalis parviflora (Small-Flowered Foxglove) is a slender perennial rich of subtle charm. It produces tightly packed spires of chocolate flowers veined violet with a mahogany lower lip. Blooming from late spring to mid summer, they arise from a basal rosette of downy, lance-shaped leaves and provide fascinating color and architectural height to borders. Attractive to bees, which hover near the tubular blossoms, and to birds which will flock to the seedheads in the fall, this lovely plant naturalizes well as it self-sows profusely and will create lovely colonies in the landscape.
- Profuse bloomer, it will grow up to 2 ft. high (60 cm) and spreads 1 ft. (30 cm).
- Performs best in part shade, in humus-rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Will grow in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. Deer resistant!
- Easy to grow, this Foxglove is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, underplanting shrubs, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or city gardens. For best visual impact, plant Floxgloves in groups of 3 to 4 plants.
- No serious disease or pest issue, but watch for aphids, leaf spots and powdery mildew
- Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage the growth of flowering side shoots.
- Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in late spring or propagate by division in early spring
- Plant leaves are highly toxic if eaten