Digitalis purpurea | Common Foxglove ‘Fairy Bells’ (Dalmation Foxglove)
Foxglove is a large woodland wildflower that’s widely popular because of it’s dramatic form and color in the garden. During the first year of growth, ‘Fairy Bells’ foxglove will grow a large rosette of foliage. The following year it will shoot up a 4-7 ft tall flower spike of bell-shaped white flowers with spotted maroon-purple throats that open sequentially from the bottom of the plant to the top.
Although it’s a biennial it acts (in a way) as a perennial, by self-seeding each year. Its best to direct sow seed outdoors during late winter/early spring rains. Foxgloves are drought tolerant, thrive in sandy, well-drained soil, and will tolerate full shade to full sun. Would benefit from midday shade in the hottest regions. Dead-head for prolonged blooms.
A variety of pollinators including honeybees, bumblebees, hummingbirds, butterflies and moths find it hard to resist the flower towers. Deer and pest resistant.
All parts of this plant can be poisonous if ingested.
Sun exposure: Full shade to full sun
Mature height: 4-7 ft
Mature width: 12-18 inches
Hardiness zones: 4-10