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Foxglove
Digitalis parviflora

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: parviflora (par-VEE-flor-uh) (Info)

Category:

Biennials

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Parker, Colorado

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 30, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I'm in the Pacific North West where we have very wet winters and I find this Digitalis to be very long lived. It does need good drainage.
I grew this from seed in 2001 and it gets bigger and better each year.

Neutral

On Aug 29, 2001, Baa wrote:

Syn. Digitalis kishinskyi

Cultivars: Terracotta (slightly lighter flowers), Milk Chocolate

A very different foxglove from Northern Spain. Small plant with lance shaped/ sometimes slightly toothed leaves often with tiny white hairs. 2ft spires of tightly packed tiny flowers which can range from dark orange to deep brown, look very closely and you may see a slight bit of purple on the flower lip. Sometimes flowers all round the stem.

Not pretty but certainly a comment inducing flower.

Easy from seed but requires a dry winter to survive.