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How to Grow and Care for Foxglove Plants

Digitalis purpurea

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsHummingbird PlantNo DeerWhite flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantPurple flowering plantA photograph is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
The Foxglove Plant is a biennial flower that is native to Europe
but now grows wild in most temperate climates of the world.
These deer resistant plants are toxic but are a great flower for the Hummingbird garden.

Growing Requirements for Foxglove Plants

Foxgloves are hardy in USDA zones 4-10 and thrive in full sun (light shade in hot climates).
They prefer moist, well draining, fertile soil but can survive drought and almost any other growing condition.
The four to six foot spikes of bell shaped flowers appear in late spring to early summer
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Foxglove flowers are primarily either white or shades of pink to purple but in recent years hybrids have appeared which include lower growing variations with yellow to gold blossoms.

Growing Foxglove Plants from Seed

Foxglove seeds can be sown directly in the garden in the spring until mid summer and will bloom the following year.
Sow Foxglove seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before your last expected frost date.
Keep the temperature within the growing medium at 70°
Germination will take place within 15-20 days. Plant 15-24 inches apart in the garden in the spring for blooms the first year.
Foxgloves easily re-seed themselves.
Foxgloves
Digitalis purpurea
A Purple Foxglove Plant Blooming the Garden Purple Foxglove Flowers, Digitalis purpurea