Digitalis purpurea 'Campanulata'

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

Very rarely offered in nurseries, this plant is quite curious and noted in the herbals of the 17th century. Each stem of normal foxglove flowers is terminated with a remarkable flower that resembles a campanula.

Beautiful as well as being a talking point in the garden.

Biennial and seeds freely in-situ to come back year after year. 

Breeding experiments by Kew Gardens have shown that the terminal flower mutation in Digitalis is inherited as a simple Mendelian recessive, and can be reproduced from seed via either the peloric or normal flowers of the same plant, which are all fertile).

Easy to grow, it prefers a sunny or part-shady position and is not fussy about soil type.

Height: 90cm


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): Foxglove

Synonym: Digitalis purpurea monstrosa


All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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