Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) in the Foxgloves Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 90-130 cm
Plant Spread: 50 cm
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
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. Foxglove is grown commercially a
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: germinates best at cooler temps, 60 - 65 deg F
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Divide in early spring or fall
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by JonnaSudenius (Belgium, Europe - Zone 6a) on Mar 3, 2012 4:07 AM

This biennial will live 3 or 4 years if you cut off the stems before they set seed.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2015 5:56 PM

This is the common foxglove found growing along roadways and at the edges of forests. Introduced from Europe, but now widely naturalized. Contains cardiac glycosides from which digitalis is derived - highly toxic so be cautious when handling. Old folklore claims that bad fairies gave the blooms to foxes to slip over their feet to muffle their footsteps around the chicken coop.

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