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Foxgloves

Digitalis spp.

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Digitalis purpurea (2710316739) by Randi Hausken (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

30cm

35cm

Min

20cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Foxgloves Overview

Commonly called foxgloves, this genus consists of around 25 species of herbaceous perennial and biennial species, including some which are evergreen. They originate from a range of habitats in West and Southwest Europe, Northwestern Africa, Western and Central Asia and produce tall spikes 50-225cm long, with many tubular flowers. These are usually purple, pink, white or yellow and vary in colour across species. The Common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea is included in this genus, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental garden species for its pretty flowers, which often have patterned markings. Species in this genus do best in acidic soils.

Common problems with Foxgloves

How to harvest Foxgloves

Flower spikes can be cut just as the 1st flowers start to open, soak the stem in cold water overnight having cut diagonally across the stem. Harvest seeds from seed head after flowering (will also self-seed).

How to propagate Foxgloves

Seed

Allowing the plant to stand after flowering will provide many seeds to be sown straight after. Seeds can be sown in situ.

Division

Division in the spring.

Special features of Foxgloves

Attracts useful insects

Bees absolutely love the foxgloves and will happily bumble up and down the stem visiting the flowers.

Other uses of Foxgloves

This low maintenance plant suits almost every style of garden but in particular woodland or wildlife friendly gardens.

Flowers - Sow Under Cover in May

Sow these seeds for late summer colour and to get an early start on next year.

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Flowers - Sow Under Cover in August

Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.

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