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Common Foxglove

Scientific name: Digitalis purpurea

Type:Herbaceous perennials
Plant Requirements
Zone:3 to 9
Sun:Partial shade
Plant Characteristics
Height:5 ft
Width:1 ft
Bloom:Showy flowers
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Foxglove is a source of digitalis prescribed by doctors to strengthen the heart and regulate its beat. They are great garden plants for shady borders and woodland gardens.

Common Foxglove is a short lived perennial in the Pacific Northwest (biennial in colder regions) whose flower stalks can grow to a height of 3’-5’. First year plants, derived from seed, forms a basal rosette of dark green or white-wooly leaves which are 5”-10” long.

During the second year of the plant’s growth, tubular flowers (shaped like fingers of a glove) form on upright flower stalks. Each flower is 2” and can come in a wide array of colors including purple, lavender, pink, yellow, and white. They are also spotted on inside bottom of the tube. Flowers only appear on one side of the stalks and droop downward. Flowers first appear in late spring and last for 4 weeks. In the warmer regions of the Northwest Common Foxglove would continue to send up a new stalk each summer.

Foxglove does best in cool climates in moist, acidic, sandy loam soil with abundant organic material. Foxglove does best in partial shade.

All portions of this plant are considered highly poisonous.

None reported.
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