A rare and beautiful Foxglove from the Caucasus. Dainty, bearing spires of bell shaped cream flowers in early summer. The medium height clumps of foliage consist of strap-like leaves which are covered in tiny hairs.
Grows best in semi shade and prefers a well-drained spot.
Common name(s): Hairy Foxglove
Bee Catchers, Dead Men's Thimbles, Fairy Bells, Fairy Fingers or, the most common name, Foxgloves. Traditionally associated with magic, fox gloves were supposedly given to the fox by fairies so he could creep silently into the chicken run. The leaves of the Digitalis family are poisonous, since they contain digitalin, a potent drug which slows the heartbeat and is still used medicinally.
Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society.