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Plant of the Month:  Digitalis purpurea

Digitalis purpurea. Photo by Judy Weaver

 By Judy Weaver, Mobile County Master Gardener

Commonly known as foxglove, Digitalis purpurea is a biennial, which in its first year produces only a rosette of foliage.  In its second year, it produces a tall spike (2-5’) with bell-shaped blossoms, attractive to hummingbirds and bumblebees. Allow some flowers to go to seed to maintain a permanent planting as if the plant were a perennial. Blooms late spring to early summer.


Foxglove add a vertical dimension to your landscaping and are attractive planted in mass. It prefers partial shade, moist but well-drained, acidic soil high in organic matter. This plant has high severity poison characteristics. All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested and can harm humans, pets, and livestock.


Source:  North Carolina Extension

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