Our native foxglove with speckled purple flower spikes. Perfect for cottage garden schemes but equally useful for contemporary design. Biennial but will self-seed so you should have many years of pleasure.
Does best in light shade in soil which doesn't get too dry.
Foxgloves are loved by bees and butterflies.
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, Bee Catchers, Dead Men's Thimbles, Fairy Bells, Fairy Fingers