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PlantFiles: Foxglove, Common Foxglove, Purple Foxglove, Lady's Glove
Digitalis purpurea 'Primrose Carousel'

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Primrose Carousel

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
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
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive newbiehavinfun On Jun 20, 2011, newbiehavinfun from Vineland, NJ wrote:

I am very impressed by this cultivar. I planted tiny seedlings in late April and they are blooming in mid-June! Primrose carousel sports multiple stalks of pretty, cream-colored blossoms that blend with everything, and the foliage has stayed nice despite the intense heat we had all May this year. I will be saving seed from this year's flowers and hoping they come true to seed!

Positive annlof On Jan 28, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

A beautiful color for foxgloves. I have grown this plant successfully in both Maine and Southern California -- it must be very adaptable! In rich, amended soil and semi-shade they can reach 5' in height, although they needed staking. I think this color is wonderful with blue irises. Seed is hard to find (I had to order mine from Thompson and Morgan) and I've never seen plants for sale at the nursery.

Positive kdjoergensen On Jun 4, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am quickly becomming a great fan of foxgloves. They flower over an extended period of time, and the flowers are SOOOOOOOOOOOO interesting.

Neutral Baa On Jun 20, 2004, Baa wrote:

A soft, pale lemon, creamy cultivar of Digitalis purpurea.


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

Seward, Alaska
Camarillo, California
Lincoln, Nebraska
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Vineland, New Jersey
Mooresville, North Carolina
Dundee, Ohio
Bon Aqua, Tennessee
Puyallup, Washington

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