Digitalis purpurea (Native foxglove)

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

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.

Height: 1.5m


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

Please note: Poisonous if eaten. All Foxgloves develop brown/purple markings on their leaves at various times in their life. This is physiological, perfectly normal, and not a problem. These are wild flowers, sown from seed. Just like in the wild, these foxgloves may very occasionally be white.






Photo: Jim Evans / CC BY-SA


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.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.