Common foxglove is part of the Digitalis genus. Its scientific name is Digitalis purpurea. The botanical name epithet for Common foxglove (purpurea) means 'purple'.
This plant has a basal rosette of light grey green hairy leaves and it produces a tall flower spike in the spring of its second year. The flowers are traditionally purple and bell shaped held down wards on the tall stem. Prompts dead heading may preserve the plant for another year or leave it to self seed.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Medium red-violet and Cherry blossom pink and Light goldenrod yellow. The mature flowers are of a funnel form. Common foxglove grows as a biennial and is a flower / herb. Being a biennial plant, it tends to grow best over the course of two years. Normally reaching to a mature height of 5.94 feet (1.83 metres). This plant tends to bloom in early summer. Popular varieties of Common foxglove with home gardeners are Foxy, Mixed Colors Digitalis, alba, Pam's choice, and Excelsior Group Hybrids.
Common foxglove is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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May require staking. Keep soil moist but not soggy.
Deadhead when about three-fourths of the flower spike has faded. Cut back to basal rosettes after flowering has finished. Leave a few flower spikes if you want plants to reseed.
To encourage plants to flower again the following year, cut the flower spikes back before seeds set. Then dig plant and replant new rosettes.Plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 4 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Common foxglove is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Common foxglove about 70 days before your last frost date .
Propagate by seed – Start seeds outdoors in a nursery bed any time after frost danger has passed up until 2 months before the first heavy fall frost. Do not cover, as light aids germination. Transplant the plants to their garden location in the fall or the following spring. Plants readily self-seed.
Days to emergence: 14 to 21
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Common foxglove so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Common foxglove so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Common foxglove plants:
Self seeds easily
*With rich, moist but well-drained soil and partial shade, this garden classic will produce spikes up to 5 feet tall of dainty, two-lipped blooms. ‘Foxy’ hybrids will bloom the first year from seed. With most other varieties, you can stretch their biennial nature and get them to flower an additional year or so.
Misspellings: Vingerhoedskruid, Digitalis pupurea
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Popular varieties of Common foxglove
- Mixed Colors Digitalis
- Pam's choice
- Excelsior Group Hybrids
- Foxy mix
- Sutton's Apricot
- Camelot mix
- Apricot beauty
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