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Digitalis sp. (Foxglove)
foxglove basic

Zone: 4 to 8

Soil: loam to clay

Light: Full sun to part sun

Bloom colour: Pink or white

Bloom period: May to June

Height: 2 to 5 feet

Moisture:Usually medium to moist

Attracts:Mostly bumblebees

Notes: This is one of my favourite exotic garden plants and who cannot be struck by the stately tower of flowers on top of this plant. It fits in wonderfully into a cottage garden or an informal shade garden. It is a biennial, but it can reseed itself under the right conditions. Foxgloves come from Europe and they have become naturalised in parts of Canada. They should not be allowed in unmanaged gardens. They do well in acidic organic soil and clay soil. The leaves are large and hairy, and they form a basal rosette. The individual flowers are attractive to bumblebees. Foxglove is best planted at the back of a border in groupings, which will impress visitors and encourage reseeding. It is best to treat this plant as an annual because subsequent flowering is often poor. If you have a well drained soil, choose Great Blue Lobelia as a native alternative.

I have read that these plants (presumably the pink varieties) attract hummingbirds, but I have not been able to personally verify this.

Digitalis purpurea
foxglove cream
Digitalis purpurea
foxglove and dragonfly
Digitalis purpurea with Aeshna interrupta
white foxglove  
Digitalis purpurea