Yellow Foxglove

Digitalis grandiflora

Cream-Coloured Foxglove, Fairy Thimbles

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Similar to the British common foxglove but with lovely yellow flowers, this perennial originates from mountainous woodlands across Europe and Western Asia, commonly found on sites where land has been disturbed such as cleared woodlands. The Latin name 'digitalis' means 'finger-like', as its thimble-like shape looks as though it would fit perfectly on your finger.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Cover the flower spikes with a paper bag and shake to collect the seed in late summer. Flowers are good for cutting in summer and will help the display last longer.

Propagation

Seed

Sow indoors in late winter or spring in moist, peaty compost. Alternatively sow seed direct in late summer or autumn.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Loved by bees.

Special features

Origin

Southern Europe, Asia

Natural climate

Temperate to cool climates.

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Digitalia is used in cardiac medicine.

Ornamental

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

Personality

Family

Plantaginaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Fairly disease and pest-resistant, but leaves may suffer from powdery mildew if the summmer is hot and humid.

Related Problems

Companion plants

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