Excellent as a cut flower, this very sturdy variety has flowers larger and wider than most foxglove varieties. As a biennial, it produces foliage the first year and flowers the second year' but it also self-sows readily, making it great for "naturalized" areas. Performs best in part shade.Caution: All plant parts are poisonous if ingested.
• Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea
• Family: Plantaginaceae
• Native: Europe and North Africa
• Hardiness: Biennial in USDA zones 4-8
• Plant Dimensions: 3'-5' tall, 12"-30" wide
• Variety Information: 2"-3" long blooms in white, pink, salmon, yellow, cream, and red with spotted interiors. Flowers of Gloxiniiflora are larger and more open-faced than other foxglove varieties.
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Bloom Period: Spring to summer
• Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, until 2 months before your first fall frost date for blooms the following spring. Mild Climates: late summer or fall.
• When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots to reduce root disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 14–21 days
• Seed Depth: Press into surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18"–24"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 18"–24"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing stems with about 1/3 of the flowers open.