Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

Common Name: Foxglove
Genus: Digitalis
Species: purpurea f. albiflora

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: Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife

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

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

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

This elegant foxglove produces stately spires of white tubular flowers in June and July held above rosettes of large hairy dark green leaves. This pretty white foxglove is perfect for lighting up a shady border or for dotting through a mixed border among evergreen shrubs. Although it is a short-lived plant given favourable conditions it will self-seed freely.

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 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the plant in early spring

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

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