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Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

Common foxglove, Bloody bells, Bloody finger, Cow flop, Dead man's bells, Dead men's bells, Dog's lugs, Dragon's mouth, Fairy bells, Fairy fingers, Fairy gloves, Fairy thimbles, Fairy's cap, Fairy's petticoat, Fairy's thimble, Finger flower, Flap dock, Folk's gloves, Fox finger, Gloves of Mary, Lady's fingers, Lady's gloves, Lady's thimble, Lion's mouth, Lusmore, Lustmore, Pop dock, Thimble finger, Thimble flower, Throat root, Witches' bells, Witches' fingers, Witches' gloves, Witches' thimbles

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A herbaceous biennial, or short lived perennial which produces tall spires of bell-shaped flowers. It is a very attractive plant to insects, particularly bees. It provides wonderful height and colour in most garden situations, and also grows happily in wild woodland, thanks to its willingness to grow in shade or sun alike.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Flower spikes can be cut just as the 1st flowers start to open, soak the stem in cold water overnight having cut diagonally across the stem. Harvest seeds from seed head after flowering (will also self-seed).

Propagation

Seed
Allowing the plant to stand after flowering will provide many seeds to be sown straight after. Seeds can be sown in situ.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees absolutely love the foxgloves and will happily bumble up and down the stem visiting the flowers.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate to cool climates

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
To be used only by medical practitioners for treating heart diseases.
Ornamental
Perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest in your large flower beds or borders.

Personality

Family
Plantaginaceae
Flower colour
, Multi coloured, Purples
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

Companion plants

Woodland plants such as Japanese maple, hydrangea, columbines and ferns make good companions.

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