Foxy Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea 'Foxy'

SKU
00487
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.
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LoreFirst-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.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 1 ft. tall and wide; to 3 ft. tall in bloom.
Bloom TimeLate spring through midsummer.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.

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.

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