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Common Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice'

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This is a biennial or short-lived perennial, which may last longer and rebloom if deadheaded. It sports dramatic blossoms in contrasting colors in spires reaching six feet high in rich soil, but more likely to 3 or 4 feet. 

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge, white bells with rich, burgundy throats. Digitalis leaves are very poisonous.

CareThis plant prefers moist, acidic soils in part shade. 

PropagationWill naturalize; may not come true from seed.

ProblemsNothing serious, but watch for occasional powdery mildew, leaf spot, aphids, mealy bugs, slugs, and Japanese beetles. 

  • Genus : Digitalis
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Self Seeds
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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