Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior'

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
The pastel flowers of this variety offer soft colors to a mixed border. Naturalizes in wet, shaded locations.

Attributes - Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior'

Plant Type: Biennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Early Fall

Flower Color: Pink, Purple, White

Height: 4 ft. to 6 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

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

Notes: Container Plants, Long Blooming, Poisonous, Showy Flowers.

Related Plants

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