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botanical name:
Digitalis purpurea
Digitalis purpurea © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Foxglove
family:  Scrophulariaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 1.50m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -25°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
description:
Hardy biennial, flowering in the second season, with the familiar tall spikes of tubular flowers. The natural form has one-sided spikes of light pinkish purple flowers with darker spotting, but there are also hybrids with white, red, pink, or yellow flowers, all with maroon spots in the throat. Basal rosettes of broad, hairy green to greyish green leaves.

cultivation:
Easy and not fussy to grow, but prefers a well drained, humus rich soil and some shade.

propagation:
Sow seeds outdoors in late spring or summer.

usage:
Perfect for the wildlife and woodland garden.

Attractive to insects.

Used medicinally in the manufacture of heart stimulating drugs.

other notes:
Common wildflower native to Europe and naturalised elsewhere, probably from garden escapes. Mainly found in woodland but also occurs in a wide range of habitats including coastal cliff tops.

pronounced: dij-ih-TAH-liss pur-PUR-ee-uh

All parts are highly toxic.

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