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Yellow foxglove

Digitalis grandiflora

Large yellow foxglove, Cream-coloured foxglove, Great yellow foxglove, Fairy thimbles (Eng.)

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Similar to the British common foxglove but with lovely yellow flowers, this perennial originates from mountainous woodlands across Europe and Western Asia, commonly found on sites where land has been disturbed such as cleared woodlands. The Latin name 'digitalis' means 'finger-like', as its thimble-like shape looks as though it would fit perfectly on your finger.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Cover the flower spikes with a paper bag and shake to collect the seed in late summer. Flowers are good for cutting in summer and will help the display last longer.

Propagation

Seed
Sow indoors in late winter or spring in moist, peaty compost. Alternatively sow seed direct in late summer or autumn.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Loved by bees.

Geography

Origin
Southern Europe, Asia
Natural climate
Temperate to cool climates.

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Digitalia is used in cardiac medicine.
Ornamental
Perfect for adding architectural spikes of interest in your large flower beds or borders.

Personality

Family
Plantaginaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Fairly disease and pest-resistant, but leaves may suffer from powdery mildew if the summmer is hot and humid.
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

Companion plants

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

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