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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.
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.Biennials and short lived perennials
Caution, toxic if eatenDo not eat these plants.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - bees.Medicinal propertiesWidely used in the production of heart stimulant drugs.Pests & DiseasesLeaf spot, powdery mildew.Place of originEurope, north west Africa,central Asia.
Soil ConditionsTolerates allExcept very wet or dry. Most prefer humus rich soil
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
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Buy Varieties of DIGITALIS
soft orange-yellow flowers with pinkish-red overtones. Long flowering period
(ambigua) - pale yellow flowers
deep salmon-pink, late flowering
pastel shades of the cultivated foxglove
creamy white bell flowers with deep burgundy blotches in the throats
pure white flowers with pale speckles
an unusual foxglove with apricot-pink flowers
runner-up in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year competition 2019. Glossy dark green leaves. Spikes of brightly coloured flowers, in shades of apricot, pink and gold