Digitalis purpurea (Collection)

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This native European woodland plant is a beauty to add to any garden, a popular biennial for shaded places, perennial if the flower stems are cut back promptly to prevent seeding. Plants form rosettes of hairy lance shaped leaves in their first growing season. The second year it will send up large spikes with drooping bell shaped blooms that are spotted inside.
Bees love 'em.

Digitalis purpurea (Collection)

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This native European woodland plant is a beauty to add to any garden, a popular biennial for shaded places, perennial if the flower stems are cut back promptly to prevent seeding. Plants form rosettes of hairy lance shaped leaves in their first growing season. The second year it will send up large spikes with drooping bell shaped blooms that are spotted inside.

Digitalis are handsome and easy if watered well in dry weather, and look spectacular at the back of a border. The blooms are extremely attractive to bees

Note: if you cut the stalk down before it goes to seed, it will generally rebloom and, if you wish, you can reseed from the second showing. The seedlings that spring up are easily transplanted to the location you want them to bloom.

Sowing: Sow seeds in late spring to early summer. Sow seeds from the end of March to early June on the surface of a peaty soil. Do not cover as the seed needs light to germinate They will usually germinate in 2 to 4 weeks at around 20°C (68°F).

Growing: Prick out each seedling as it becomes large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15days before planting out after all risk of frost.

Aftercare: Plant in moist but well drained soil. Deadhead to prolong flowering season through August. Leave a few plants to die down and self seed. Others can be pulled up and composted

Caution: The whole foxglove plant is extremely poisonous, Digitalis slows the heart but provides a source of medicine used by doctors in heart medicine. Please wear gloves when handling both plants and seeds and plant only where children or animals will not have access.

Plant Uses: Shade/Woodland Garden. Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower Arranging, Flowers Borders and Beds, Wildflower Gardens or Wildlife Gardens

Other Uses: If foxgloves are grown near most plants they will stimulate growth and help to resist disease and if grown near apples, potatoes and tomatoes their storage qualities will he greatly improved. Foxgloves in a flower arrangement make all the other flowers last longer - if you do not want the actual flowers in the vase make some foxglove tea from the stems or blossoms and add to the water.

Folklore & Legend: Foxglove - insincerity - the name derives from the shape of the flowers resembling the fingers of a glove - 'folk’s glove' meaning belonging to the fairy folk. Folklore tells that bad fairies gave the flowers to the fox to put on his feet to soften his steps whilst hunting. The foxglove was believed to keep evil at bay if grown in the garden, but it was considered unlucky to bring the blooms inside. The commonest colour for the foxglove is pink, but you often see white blooms in the hedgerows.

Additional Information

Packet Size 85mg
Average Seed Count 1000 seeds
Genus Digitalis
Species purpurea
Cultivar Wildflower of the British Isles
Synonym No
Common Name Native Pink Foxglove, Wildflower of the Briitish Isles
Other Common Names other
Hardiness Hardy Biennial
Hardy No
Flowers Pale to Dark Pink in Late Spring to Mid Summer
Natural Flower Time No
Fruit No
Foliage Mid Green Herbaceous (Velvet / Fuzzy)
Height 60-90cm (24-36in)
Spread 45-60cm (18-24in)
Spacing No
Time to Harvest No
Size No
Qualities No
Position Partial to Full Shade
Aspect No
Soil Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry or Moist
Season No
Harvest No
Time to Sow No
Growing Period No
Coverage No
Germination No
Notes No

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