• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 1 ft. tall and wide; to 3 ft. tall in bloom.
    Key Feature:
    Flowers for Cutting
    Late spring through midsummer.
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 1 ft. tall and wide; to 3 ft. tall in bloom.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring through midsummer.
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design 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 PlantsHosta (Hosta); Coneflower (Echinacea); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Speedwell (Veronica)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    First-century Greek surgeon Dioscorides is said to have carried foxgloves with him when he traveled with Nero's army. It was often grown in cottage gardens in the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, herbalists recommended using the flowers to make a salve for skin afflictions. Today foxgloves are a source of digitalin, used in a drug used to treat heart problems. However, flowers and leaves are toxic if ingested. Not fit for human or animal consumption.