Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

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).

Propagation

Seed

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

Special features

Attracts useful insects

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

Special features

Origin

Europe

Natural climate

Temperate to cool climates

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

To be used only by medical practitioners for treating heart diseases.

Ornamental

Perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest in your large flower beds or borders.

Personality

Family

Plantaginaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Multicoloured

Scent

Mild

Problems

Can suffer from leaf & bud eelworms.
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