The Q&A Archives: Biennial Nature of Foxgloves

Question: I have a problem with foxglove plants. One year they bloom, next just foliage. I realize they bloom every other year, but the off years they seem to die. I mulch them and yet they still fail. Ruth Anne Shattuck Indianapolis, IN

Answer: Foxgloves are considered biennials. They will grow only foliage the first year, dieback and then the second year send up a flower stalk. So it's not unusual for them to die the second year. To have a continual crop of foxgloves each year, plant seeds,or let them self sow seeds, each year to always have some in the first year of growth and some in the second flowering stage.

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