White Flowered Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

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Some white Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora flowers
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Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial species also known by the common name white-flowered foxglove. It produces tall spires of cream-white to pale yellow, bell-shaped flowers measuring approximately 6cm in length and rosettes of soft, hairy foliage. It is a very attractive plant to insects, particularly bees. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden! This hardy plant provides wonderful height and brightness to most garden situations, growing with a bushy habit. It also grows happily in wild woodland, coping with both full sunshine and partially shaded conditions well.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

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. This is usually in late spring, plants may be transplanted to their final position in late summer. Alternatively seeds can be planted in situ and plants left to self-seed after flowering.

Special features

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Europe.

Environment

Light

Full Shade, 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

Notes

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

Personality

Family

Plantaginaceae

Flower colour

White, Yellow, Cream

Scent

Mild

Problems

Can also suffer from leaf & bud eelworms and leaf spots.
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