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Commonly known as Foxglove
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.
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.
No Preference - except very wet or dry. Most prefer humus- rich soil.
Caution, toxic if eaten - Do not eat these plants.
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