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Yellow foxglove

Digitalis grandiflora

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Originating in mountainous woodland and stony habitats from Europe to western Asia, yellow foxglove is tolerant of dry shade but flourishes with moisture. Arising in midsummer from neat clumps of fine-toothed foliage, a mass of soft yellow open bells, speckled brown inside, blooms along one side of a 3-foot-tall stem. Usually described as a perennial, it is more accurate to call it a biennial or short-lived perennial. If the flowering stalk is cut down after blooms have faded, it may rebloom in the fall. When a few flower stalks are left, the plant self-seeds. 

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese low-maintenance plants bloom with colorful, vertical drama. Yellow foxglove, like all species in this genus, contains poisonous properties and should never be eaten. Deer will avoid it.

CareFlourishes with moisture. Prefers part-shade in humus-rich soil, but can tolerate anything but extreme conditions.

Propagation By division. Sow seed in situ or in a cold frame in spring.

Problems Southern blight, anthracnose, fungal leaf spot.

  • Genus : Digitalis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Uses : Shade, Sun
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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