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Digitalis purpurea

Digitalis purpurea
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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Column-Shaped, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Digitalis purpurea - Cultivation Notes

The foxglove prefers a fertile well drained garden soil,. But will tolerate a dry soil. Best grown in half shade, it will tolerate full sun. Stake in summer, water when dry. Dead head after flowering.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Digitalis purpurea:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Digitalis purpurea

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap

Design & Plant Use for Digitalis purpurea:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting

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