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Foxglove, Common Foxglove, Purple Foxglove, Lady's Glove 'Pam's Choice'

Digitalis purpurea

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pam's Choice
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer





Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:

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

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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Richmond, California

Seaside, California

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Ottumwa, Iowa

South China, Maine

Flat Rock, Michigan

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina

Hilliard, Ohio

Norman, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Albion, Pennsylvania

Havertown, Pennsylvania

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Great Falls, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted several plugs of Pam's Choice and they grew well, flowered vigorously, and reseeded profusely. The original plants were creamy white with a maroon throat as expected.

I have no other foxgloves in my garden and there are no others in my immediate neighborhood that I am aware of, but the seedlings produce a flower with a pink bell, as my pictures show.

This is the only foxglove I've ever grown. Perhaps it's true of all foxgloves, but these reseed so prolifically that the seedlings are as dense as a groundcover. I thin them out many times during the growing season. The seeds sprout almost immediately during the late summer and grow into mature plants in the cool fall weather. The next year they produce flower stalks in the spring.

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On Jun 25, 2010, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A likely descendant of a giant foxglove cultivar 'Etter's Giants' created by a famous California plant breeder, Albert F. Etter. Etter bred the Gravenstein apple, and several other apples around the turn of the 20th. century.

Legend has it this particular form with white and maroon coloration was developed from an old California heirloom that is now quite hard to find. Its parent cultivar was called 'Etter's Giants'. Etter's Giants share ancestry with 'Giant Shirley' and also with the cottage heirloom strain called 'Giant Spotted' but are significantly taller than either of those so-called Giant strains- very possibly the world's tallest Foxglove! :)

'Etter's Giants' bloom in mixed colors- predominantly purple or magenta, with occasional intermediate color... read more


On Jun 28, 2008, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Gorgeous and unique looking, this foxglove is tall, mine was well over 4 feet. I cut the tallest spire and now I have 2 shoots blooming. I think it will produce even more when I cut those shoots. It lasts for a long time in the vase.


On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cut the flowering spike to the base as it finishes and several smaller spikes will appear, extending the bloom time. Leave new fall growth at the base of the plant to overwinter.

Tall 3-4' - Plant 18" apart. zone 5-9 White flowers deeply spotted and blotched with dark maroon. Not as tall as some of the others.