Dalmatian Purple Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple'
|Description||Striking columns of bell shaped flowers explode in color their first season. Low, mounded foliage is neat and compact. Great for middle or back of the border. Plant along cottage garden fence or in big patio pots.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Blooms||Late Spring through Summer|
|Mature Size||Reaches 24 to 48 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide.|
|Care||Provide enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Protect from harsh sun in hot climates. Clip faded flower stems to promote blooming. If blooms are left unclipped in second season, they may self-sow. Feed monthly.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-10
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