Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea

Common Name: Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Species: purpurea

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

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Foxgloves can be classed as perennials but it is more common for them to be grown as biennials. They can be found growing wild throughout Europe, especially in woodland areas.

Digitalis purpurea has large, broad, hairy, lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are produced on tall spikes, each flower is cylinder shaped and there are usually distinctive spots on the inside of the cylinder. Flower colour can be purple, pink or white and the flowering period is during summer. Digitalis purpurea self-seeds freely.

All parts of the Foxglove can cause significant discomfort if ingested and contact with the plant's foliage may also irritate the skin.

Foxgloves are loved by bees and many other pollinating insects and are perfect for a wildlife garden.

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