Digitalis ferruginea 'Gigantea' (Rusty foxglove)

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained

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Plant Details

This is a rather unusual species, featuring tall, towering wands of honey-brown flowers in the summer months. Foliage is green, forming a large rosette at the ground in the first year, followed by flowers in the second.

Will self-seed. Makes an unusual cut flower.

Performs well in a moist border, or in the woodland garden. Any seedlings that appear may be easily moved in early spring.

Does best in light shade in soil which doesn't get too dry.

Native of the northern Mediterranean.

Attractive to pollinators.



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.  

Common name(s): Rusty Foxglove

Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society

Poisonous if eaten.

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.