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PlantFiles: Grecian Foxglove
Digitalis laevigata

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: laevigata (lee-vih-GAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Digitalis integrifolia
Synonym:Digitalis laevigata subsp. bosniaca
Synonym:Digitalis urmangi

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative KariGrows On Jul 2, 2014, KariGrows from New Lisbon, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

My master gardening newsletter included the following:

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is asking for the public's help in eliminating a toxic weed showing up in eastern parts of Minnesota. Grecian foxglove (Digitalis lanata), native to central and southern Europe, is known to be growing in roadsides, yards, grasslands and forest margins in parts of Washington, Dakota and Wabasha counties right across the river from Pierce and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin. It has also been recorded in the past in Dane, Milwaukee and Portage counties.

The weed is poisonous to both humans and animals, and both fresh and dried plant parts are toxic. The plant's leafy portions could be mistaken for lettuce or other leafy greens. A few online retailers offer seeds of this plant as an ornamental DONT plant this in your garden! Minnesota residents are asked to look for the weed and report any sightings to their state Agriculture Department.

Positive saya On Jul 19, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Though we've had a long and extreme wet signs of mildew at my plant. I find it a very pretty foxglove. I hope it will survive our wet winter and flower again next season.

Neutral Baa On Aug 29, 2001, Baa wrote:

Clump forming plant from the Balkan region. Hairless, mid-green, slim, lance shaped leaves which sports spires of small lipped flowers in the second year of sowing. The lower lip is white and hairy. A popular bee landing pad.

Very easy from seed. Tendancy to mildew.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Portland, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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