Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice'

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea  'Pam's Choice'

Common Name: Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Species: purpurea
Cultivar: 'Pam's Choice'

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
Features: Good for wildlife
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

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

The nodding, white trumpet-shaped flowers of this marvellous foxglove are variously splotched and freckled inside their throats with rich maroon - sometimes so heavily that it becomes a solid block of colour. These two-tone flowers appear on sturdy stems throughout the summer and are very appealing to bees.

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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