Digitalis purpurea (Native foxglove)

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

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Plant Details

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

Poisonous if eaten.

Photo: Jim Evans / CC BY-SA


All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm 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. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.