Digitalis purpurea 'Foxy'Item #0487 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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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- weekly or more often in extreme heat.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 midsummer.Flower color:PinkDesign 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)
- 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- weekly or more often in extreme heat.
- 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: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.