Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea Excelsior Group

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea  Excelsior Group

Common Name: Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Species: purpurea
Cultivar: Excelsior Group

The Latin translation of the word Digitalis refers to the shape of the flower; resembling the finger of a glove.

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: A good architectural plant, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, Purple, Pink, White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Tall spires of large well-spaced tubular flowers in soft shades of purple, pink, creamy-yellow or white each one with throats spotted maroon or purple appear from May to July. These pastel-coloured foxgloves are perfect for the back of a large cottage-style border. Although short-lived, given the right conditions they will perpetuate by self-seeding.

All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested and contact with the foliage may irritate skin.

  • Garden care: Ensure that the soil is kept moist in summer. After flowering cut back the flowered spikes to encourage more sideshoots. Cut down to the ground after flowering. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the plant in early spring.

    These plants are mainly biennial although they will produce plenty of new sideshoots and self-seed freely.

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