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Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove)

Common Foxglove, Foxglove, Purple Foxglove, Lady's Glove, Bloody Bells, Bloody Finger, Dragon's Mouth, Fairy Bells, Fairy Fingers, Fairy Gloves, Fairy Thimbles, Fairy's Cap, Fairy's Petticoat, Fairy's Thimble, Fox Finger, Gloves of Mary, Lady's Fingers, Lady's Thimble, Lion's Mouth, Lusmore, Lustmore, Thimble Finger, Thimble Flower, Throat Root, Witches' Bells, Witches' Fingers, Witches' Gloves, Witches' Thimbles


Adding a bold, vertical dimension to perennial flower beds, shade gardens, and cottage gardens, Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove) is a stately biennial or short-lived perennial boasting tall, one-sided spires of pendant, tubular, bright rosy-purple flowers, 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm), with white speckled throats. Blooming from early to midsummer, they rise from a basal rosette of downy, oblong, deep green leaves. Attractive to hummingbirds which hover near the tubular blossoms and to birds which flock to the seedheads in fall, this lovely plant naturalizes well, as it self-sows freely, and creates lovely colonies in the landscape.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. high (90-150 cm) and spreads 18-24 in. (45-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers a humus-rich soil in partial shade but will grow in full sun. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Easy to grow, Foxglove is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or naturalized areas. Perfect foil in front of shrubs or dark backgrounds. For best visual impact, plant Floxgloves in groups of 3 to 4 plants.
  • Propagate by seed sown in-situ in late spring. Alternatively sow in seed trays in late spring and plant out to final position in late summer.
  • Cut back after flowering. Self-seeds freely under optimum growing conditions. Deadhead after flowering to avoid problems with excess numbers of seedlings.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, leaf and bud eelworm, leaf spots and powdery mildew.
  • Plant leaves are highly toxic if eaten
  • Native to Western Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Digitalis - Foxgloves
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Digitalis - Foxgloves
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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