Digitalis purpurea

Common Foxglove, Digitalis

Used in both medicine and poisons, these easy-to-grow biennials and perennials have tall spires of tubular flowers, fancied to have the shape of fingers of a glove (the Latin word for finger is digitus). They attract hummingbirds. The gray leaves grow at the bottom of the stalk below the flowers. Excellent for mixed flower borders. Self-sows, if old flowers are left until seeds mature and scatter. Sow seed or divide in spring. Also available in cell packs, 4-inch and gallon-sized containers in fall and spring. After first bloom, cut main stem so side shoots develop which keep blooming. Watch for slugs and snails.
Digitalis purpurea, Common Foxglove, Digitalis
Stalks which reach more than 5 feet tall are covered with dangling flowers. Leaves are used in heart disease medicines, but should not be eaten. If started from seed in spring, flowers 1 year later. Likes shade.

Attributes - Digitalis purpurea

Plant Type: Biennial

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Lavender, Peach, Pink, Purple, White, Yellow

Height: 3 ft. to 5 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Wet Soil. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Poisonous, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids, Black Spot, Mealybugs, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot.

Related Plants

Digitalis ferruginea 'Gigantea', Digitalis grandiflora, Digitalis x mertonensis, Digitalis parviflora, Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior', Digitalis purpurea 'Foxy', Digitalis purpurea 'Giant Shirley'
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