All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Digitalis ferruginea 'Gigantea' (Rusty foxglove)


Plant Information

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

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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.

A short lived perennial that generally acts as a self-seeding biennial. 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


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
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