Foxglove

Digitalis parviflora

Foxglove - Digitalis parviflora

Common Name: Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Species: parviflora

The Latin translation of the word Digitalis refers to the shape of the flower; resembling the finger of a glove.

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Brown, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
Months to Sow Ouside: March to May

A compact foxglove producing rich orange-brown flowers, each with a purple-brown lip on densely-packed, robust stems in early summer. The basal rosette of foliage is a glossy dark green which provides a wonderful backdrop. An unusual and exotic-looking cultivar that is easy to grow.

All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested and contact with the foliage may irritate skin.

  • Garden care: Lightly press the seed onto the surface of a well-watered seed compost in mid to late spring and keep in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, pot on into individual cells and once they have developed a decent basal rosette of foliage they can be hardened off before planting out. Foxgloves are great for adding vertical interest to the border and will self-seed freely. They look brilliant in naturalised planting schemes.

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