Providing striking color and architectural height to borders, Digitalis Purpurea, commonly known as Common Foxglove, is an eye-catching biennial or short-lived perennial, which forms tall spires, rising from a basal rosette of deep green oval leaves, of pendulous, 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm), funnel-shaped flowers. They come in shades of white, rose, pink to purple with purple and white speckled throats. Attractive to hummingbirds, which hover near the tubular blossoms and to birds which will flock to the seedheads in fall, this lovely plant naturalizes well as it self-sows profusely and will create lovely colonies in the landscape.
- Profuse bloomer, it will bring its glorious blooms in late spring to mid summer. Grows up to 2-5 ft. high (60-150 cm) and spreads 18-24 in. (45-60 cm).
- Performs best in full sun to part shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Rich, moist, acidic soils in part shade are preferred. Do not let the soil dry out. Deer & rabbit tolerant!
- Easy to grow, Foxglove is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, woodlands 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.
- May be grown from seed sown directly in the garden in spring (after danger of frost has passed) for next year's blooms. Self-seeds freely under optimum growing conditions.
- Plant leaves are highly toxic if eaten