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Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora (White-flowered foxglove)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.8m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

Other names

White-flowered foxglove, Digitalis purpurea 'Alba', Digitalis purpurea var. alba, Digitalis purpurea f. alba, Digitalis purpurea var. albiflora, Digitalis purpurea 'Albiflora'

Genus

Digitalis Digitalis

Species

D. purpurea f. albiflora - D. purpurea f. albiflora is a rosette-forming, hairy, semi-evergreen biennial or short-lived perennial with erect stems bearing ovate to lance-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves and tall, one-sided spikes of white flowers in summer.


Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Rosette, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Highly toxic if eaten.

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering. Deadheading will also help avoid problems with numerous seedling.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora (White-flowered foxglove) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 0.6m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Flower Arranging, Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Bees (attract & feed bees), Beds and borders, Underplanting, Wildflower, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. Best in humus-rich soil in part shade.

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

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 f. albiflora

Other names

White-flowered foxglove, Digitalis purpurea 'Alba', Digitalis purpurea var. alba, Digitalis purpurea f. alba, Digitalis purpurea var. albiflora, Digitalis purpurea 'Albiflora'

Genus

Digitalis Digitalis

Species

D. purpurea f. albiflora - D. purpurea f. albiflora is a rosette-forming, hairy, semi-evergreen biennial or short-lived perennial with erect stems bearing ovate to lance-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves and tall, one-sided spikes of white flowers in summer.

Native to

Central Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Rosette, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Highly toxic if eaten.


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf and bud eelworms

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering. Deadheading will also help avoid problems with numerous seedling.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora (White-flowered foxglove) will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 0.6m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Flower Arranging, Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Bees (attract & feed bees), Beds and borders, Underplanting, Wildflower, Woodland

Cultivation

Plant in almost any soil or situation except very wet or very dry. Best in humus-rich soil in part shade.

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

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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