Digitalis purpurea 'Giant Shirley'

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
Robust stalks are covered with large, open-faced, dangling, spotted flowers in shades of white, pink, and red. If started from seed in spring, flowers 1 year later.

Attributes - Digitalis purpurea 'Giant Shirley'

Plant Type: Biennial

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Pink, Red, White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 4 ft. to 5 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

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

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.

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