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Commonly known as Foxglove

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Genus of 25 species of biennials, perennials and shrubs from Europe, the Canary Islands and Madeira, northwestern Africa and central Asia, generally found in open woodland.

D. purpurea is the common and well-loved foxglove though etymologically probably refers to fairy bells rather than Reynard's mittens.

The medical use for this dangerous plant was discovered in 1785 by William Withering. Effects were recognised  but not understood.

  • Bee Friendly
  • Good to know
  • Pests & Diseases - leaf spot, powdery mildew.
  • Place of Origin - northern Spain.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Height - 60cm (24in)
  • Spread - 30cm (12in)
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - clump forming perennial. Lance-shaped, softly hairy dark-green leaves 8-20cm (3-8in) long. Small flowers 1-2cm (½-¾in) long in dense racemes.
  • Partial Shade
  • No Preference - except very wet or dry. Most prefer humus- rich soil.
  • Caution, toxic if eaten - Do not eat these plants.
60cm (24in)
Herbaceous - guide for size not form Watering Can
  30cm (12in)

Buy Varieties of DIGITALIS

DIGITALIS grandiflora   AWARD

DIGITALIS grandiflora  >

Commonly known as: Yellow foxglove.
(ambigua) - pale yellow flowers
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£10.50 each

DIGITALIS x mertonensis   AWARD

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Commonly known as: Foxglove.
Deep salmon-pink, late flowering
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£10.50 each

DIGITALIS purpurea albiflora

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Commonly known as: Common foxglove, Dead men's bells, Fairy thimbles.
Pure white
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£10.50 each

DIGITALIS purpurea Excelsior hybrids

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Commonly known as: Foxglove.
Pastel shades of the cultivated foxglove
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£10.50 each

DIGITALIS purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'  AWARD

DIGITALIS purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'  >

Commonly known as: Foxglove.
An unusual foxglove with apricot-pink flowers
Multibuy Any 3+ for £8.00 each
£10.50 each

DIGITALIS 'Silver Fox'

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Commonly known as: Foxglove.
White speckled gloves on silvery stems on this dwarf-type foxglove
Multibuy Any 3+ for £8.00 each
£10.50 each
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