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DIGITALIS purpurea albiflora
Common foxglove, Dead men's bells, Fairy thimbles
- Good to know - white form of our common foxglove. Popularised by Gertrude Jekyll in her white planting schemes. Wildlife plant - bees, caterpillars of butterflies and moths.
- Pests & Diseases - leaf spot, powdery mildew.
- Place of Origin - Europe.
- Hardy - cold Winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/nothern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
- Height - in metres - 1.2m (4ft)
- Spread - in metres - 60cm (24in)
- Herbaceous - very variable biennial or short lived perennial. Ovate to lance-shaped, usually toothed, dark- green or sometimes white-woolly leaves 10-25cm (4-10in) long. Produces flowers to 6cm (2½in) long in one-sided spikes.
- Partial Shade
- No Preference - except very wet or dry. Most prefer humus- rich soil.
- Caution, toxic if eaten - Do not eat these plants.