The Main Plant entry for Foxgloves (Digitalis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Flowers: Showy
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: The Latin word digitalis means finger and the blossoms of this flower fit the human finger almost perfectly. But the flowers and leaves are highly toxic, and this plant should not be grown in areas frequented by children.
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Divide in early spring or fall
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Foxglove

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden
Date: 2011-07-08
Photo by gardengorilla97306
Photo by gardengorilla97306
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2021-06-19
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2020
Photo by gardengorilla97306

Date: 2017-05-22
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-06-21
Location: Pacific Palisades, SoCal
Date: 2021-05-28
Location: SoCal
Date: 2021-05-28
Location: Portland Nursery, Portland Or.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Philadelphia 
Date: 05/26/20220
Seed started, 2nd yr plant
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-06-02
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-09

Date: 2019-05-08
Location: So calif
Date: 2019-04-06
Location: Modiin Israel
Date: 2019-05-18
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-06-06
Location: Philadelphia 
Date: 4/18/2022
Year 2. Grown from seed.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-18
Photo by Gardentherapy
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2022-09-21
First-year growth.
Location: My Yard
Date: 2017-04-27
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-06-15
Camelot Ivory

Date: 2019-05-08
Location: Southeastern NC
Date: 2005-01-01
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Date: 2022-04-26
Tall purple foxglove

Date: 2019-06-03
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2011-10-30
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2011-05-21
Location: So calif
Date: 2019-04-06
Location: Modiin Israel
Date: 2019-05-18
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-18

photo by ghislain118
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-09-28
Location: Philadelphia 
Date: 05/19/2022
Location: King George, VA
Date: 2021-05-02
Location: Sherwood, Oregon
Date: 2017-06-05
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-09-01
Leaves in the background belong to Ipomoea (Red Cardinal Flower)
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-09-15
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-02
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-11-01
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  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 10, 2020 1:11 PM concerning plant:
    Grow foxglove as a vertical accent at the middle or the back or a border, depending on the height of the species, or plant it in an informal naturalistic garden where it can self-sow and spread.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 4:18 AM concerning plant:
    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

    "The best-known species is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which range in color from various purple tints through various shades of light gray, and to purely white. The flowers can also possess various marks and spottings.

    Depending on the species, the digitalis plant may contain several deadly physiological and chemically related cardiac and steroidal glycosides. Thus, the digitalis plants have earned several, more sinister, names: dead man’s bells and witch's gloves.

    The entire plant is toxic (including the roots and seeds)."

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