The Q&A Archives: Lifespan of Foxgloves

Question: My foxgloves only live for two years and do any good. After the second year, they die. Why? Can't you allow the blooms to stay on them until they die? It appears the bloom is what kills them! John Kennedy Hays, NC

Answer: If you are growing Digitalis purpurea (foxglove or purple foxglove), then you are growing a biennial. In the first year of growth, the plant produces a low-growing rosette of leaves only. In the second year it flowers, produces seed and dies. The plantperpetuates itself by self-seeding every other year and can quickly become a weed if not rouged out. Remember, annuals produce seed every year and then die. Perennials have a number of different means (crown, rhizomes, bulb, tuber, corm, etc.) to survive from year to year.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Coreopsis"