The Digitalis purpurea, also known as the common foxglove, is often found in the wild in forests and hedgerows. An unmistakable plant due to its striking purple-pink trumpet flowers that bloom in summer. This plant also makes for a great addition to any garden, especially in shady areas.
However, Digitalis purpurea is not the sole type of foxglove available. There are numerous other varieties that grow to different heights and boast flowers in various colors, some of which are strikingly adorned with spots and speckles in contrasting hues. The flowers contain an abundance of nectar and have a magnetic effect on bees and butterflies.
Foxgloves typically grow for two years before blooming, making them biennials. They can also live for a short time as perennials. Their green leaves form rosettes that often stay evergreen throughout the winter season. These plants produce nectar-rich flowers that are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
It’s good to keep in mind that foxgloves have digitalin, a chemical that’s used in heart disease medication. They’re also poisonous if ingested, so it’s important to avoid eating any part of the plant. Additionally, touching the foliage can cause skin and eye irritation, so it’s best to wear gloves while handling them, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Looking to grow foxgloves? These lovely plants can flourish in both light and shade, but it’s important to note that certain types may require more sun if they originate from areas such as the Mediterranean. Get ready to enjoy the beauty of these mittens with these simple tips!
Foxgloves thrive in lighter soils, but they can also flourish in heavy clay soils when supplemented with organic matter, such as compost.