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Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)

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Plant description

digitalis foxglove

digitalis foxglove flower

The foxglove is a rosette forming, variable biennial or short lived perennial ornamental plant. Foxgloves are very decorative with their tall spires of flowers, which are attractively spotted with purple inside. They are suitable for border plants or for naturalising in woodland. They are very adaptable plants, and will grow in most situations, but prefer humus rich soil in partial shade. Foxgloves self seed readily. If self sown seedlings are not wanted, the flowers will need to be removed before the seed matures.

Propagation is from seed, which should be sown annually. They can be sown in seed trays or direct where they are to grow, and very lightly covered with soil and kept moist.

The foliage can be a skin irritant, and all parts will cause discomfort if eaten, and can be toxic.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white, pink, purple
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Bees, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Diseases

Leaf spot, powdery mildew

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.

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