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Fingerhut Foxglove
Digitalis thapsi 'Spanish Peaks'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: thapsi (THAP-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Spanish Peaks




6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


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 seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Calistoga, California

Clayton, California

Kiowa, Colorado

Parker, Colorado

Wilmington, Delaware

Plainfield, Illinois

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Sparks, Nevada

Ardmore, Oklahoma

Chiloquin, Oregon

Walterville, Oregon

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas

Riverton, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 1, 2009, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Introduced by PlantSelect in 1999 as a xeriscape perennial-
From their website, "The purpose of Plant Select is to seek out, identify and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains."


On May 13, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Happenstance describes this plant as tolerating drier conditions--I'd say more like DEMANDS drier conditions. I put my plants in dry shade, sandy clay soil under river rock, give them a bit of water from a soaker hose setup, and they thrive. I tried planting them in my moister woodland area before this, and they up and vanished.


On May 15, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Will tolerate drier conditions (and most any type soil conditions) than some other Digitalis, raspberry colored flowers