Common Foxglove, Bloody Bells, Bloody Finger, Cow Flop, Dead Man's Bells, Dog's Lugs, Dragon's Mouth, Fairy Bells, Fairy Fingers, Fairy Gloves, Fairy Thimbles, Fairy's Cap, Fairy's Petticoat, Finger Flower, Flap Dock, Folk's Gloves, Fox Finger, Gloves Of Mary, Lady's Fingers, Lady's Gloves, Lady's Thimble, Lion's Mouth, Lusmore, Pop Dock, Thimble Finger, Thimble Flower, Throat Root, Witches' Bells, Witches' Fingers, Witches' Gloves, Witches' Thimbles, Digitalis, Purple Foxglove
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A herbaceous biennial, or short lived perennial which produces tall spires of bell-shaped flowers. It is a very attractive plant to insects, particularly bees. It provides wonderful height and colour in most garden situations, and also grows happily in wild woodland, thanks to its willingness to grow in shade or sun alike.
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).
Allowing the plant to stand after flowering will provide many seeds to be sown straight after. Seeds can be sown in situ.
Attracts useful insects
Bees absolutely love the foxgloves and will happily bumble up and down the stem visiting the flowers.
Temperate to cool climates
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
To be used only by medical practitioners for treating heart diseases.
Perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest in your large flower beds or borders.
Can suffer from leaf & bud eelworms.