Spikes of yellow foxglove flowers above neat clumps of green leaves. Reputedly good for cutting.
Introduced to Britain in 1597. Given the RHS Award For Garden Merit.
Grows best in semi shade and prefers a well-drained spot.
Common name(s): The Small Yellow 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.