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.