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Digitalis obscura

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: obscura (ob-SKEW-ruh) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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

Recommended by PlantSelect in 2004 as a dwarf 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."

Positive Siggy On Nov 30, 2006, Siggy from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

A cute little foxglove. I can't figure out its blooming habit. Mine bloomed this year in late November.

Neutral Baa On Jul 31, 2001, Baa wrote:

Subshrub from Spain and very close to Digitalis'relative Isoplexis. Flowers in its 2nd year with surprisingly dark orange flowers with deep red veins. Flowers last about one month and as with most Digitalis they produce a lot of seed.

This is what they like to call a short lived perennial and usually lasts for 3-5 years before dying. Needs a very well drained soil to over winter and isn't fully hardy (especially where wet winters prevail) so winter protection may be needed.

Cuttings and seeds are the best forms of propagation and will germinate in 4-5 weeks. The seeds are small and require light to germinate so they are best surface sown and kept at a temperature of 65-75 degrees F.

It can be a prima donna to grow.


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

Boulder Creek, California
Calistoga, California
Chula Vista, California
Richmond, California
San Francisco, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Parker, Colorado
Boise, Idaho
Carson City, Nevada
Bay Village, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Garland, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Santaquin, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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