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.
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.
Sow indoors in late winter or spring in moist, peaty compost. Alternatively sow seed direct in late summer or autumn.
Attracts useful insects
Loved by bees.
Southern Europe, Asia
Temperate to cool climates.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Digitalia is used in cardiac medicine.
Perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest in your large flower beds or borders.
Fairly disease and pest-resistant, but leaves may suffer from powdery mildew if the summmer is hot and humid.