The Q&A Archives: Blooming Habit of Foxgloves

Question: Is foxglove a biennial? How does the plant propagate itself from year to year?. Pat Moccio Basking Ridge, NJ

Answer: Common foxglove (Digitalis) is a biennial. The life cycle of this plant is completed in two years. The first year it grows a rosette of leaves and then dies back with the onset of winter. The second year that same plant starts to grow again and this time produces flowers...which, when pollinated, produce seeds...which are scattered about...thus perpetuating itself! Tada! More foxglove! The original plant then dies. It has finished its job and you probably will have foxgloves flowering every year as the germinations overlap!

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