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Digitalis purpurea (Common foxglove)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Digitalis purpurea

Other names

Common foxglove

Genus

Digitalis Digitalis

Species

D. purpurea - D. purpurea is a biennial plant, forming a basal clump of leaves in its first year, then tall, upright spikes of purple-pink, bell-shaped flowers in its second year. If allowed to self-seed, it will replenish itself in the garden.


Digitalis purpurea is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are highly toxic if eaten.

Flower

Purplish-pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Digitalis purpurea (Common foxglove) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Meadow, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. An ideal site is a humus-rich soil in part shade. Seeds can be planted in situ and plants left to self-seed after flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Digitalis purpurea

Other names

Common foxglove

Genus

Digitalis Digitalis

Species

D. purpurea - D. purpurea is a biennial plant, forming a basal clump of leaves in its first year, then tall, upright spikes of purple-pink, bell-shaped flowers in its second year. If allowed to self-seed, it will replenish itself in the garden.

Native to

Central Europe, Southwestern Europe

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are highly toxic if eaten.


Colour

Flower

Purplish-pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Digitalis purpurea (Common foxglove) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Meadow, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. An ideal site is a humus-rich soil in part shade. Seeds can be planted in situ and plants left to self-seed after flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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