Digitalis purpurea 'Foxy'Item #0487 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Spikes of creamy-white, mauve and pink flowers with spotted throats bolt out of the rosette of leaves. Extraordinary cut flower. Essential to cottage gardens and perennial borders. May naturalize where conditions are right.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing to 1 ft. tall and wide; to 3 ft. tall in bloom.
- DetailPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 24Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 1 ft. tall and wide; to 3 ft. tall in bloom.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late spring through mid-summerFlower color:PinkFlower attributesFlowers for CuttingDesign IdeasAn exceptional spike flower for partially shaded borders. Naturalizes easily into woodland conditions where plants may self sow. Plant along shaded pathways and add to foundation planting. Particularly nice against white pickets, rustic unpainted ones and front porch railings of old farm houses.Companion PlantsCreate gorgeous compositions with King of Hearts Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'King of Hearts'), Woodside Gold European Columbine, (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Woodside Gold'), Japanese Painted Fern, (Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum') and Ice Dance Japanese Sedge, (Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance')
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.
- History & LoreHistory:The species is native to much of Europe and classified into the Schrophularaceae. It has since naturalized in New England and other woodland areas of North America. Though the cardiac stimulant once extracted from its leaves is still in use, today's drugs are synthetic copies.Lore:Foxgloves are the original plant from which the famous heart medication, digitalis, is derived.