Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Small Foxglove, Straw Foxglove
Digitalis lutea

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: lutea (LOO-tee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Digitalis acuta
Synonym:Digitalis aurea
Synonym:Digitalis guellii
Synonym:Digitalis intermedia
Synonym:Digitalis nutans

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

View this plant in a garden


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

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

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:
By dividing the rootball
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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Click thumbnail
to view:

By poppysue
Thumbnail #1 of Digitalis lutea by poppysue

By poppysue
Thumbnail #2 of Digitalis lutea by poppysue

By poppysue
Thumbnail #3 of Digitalis lutea by poppysue

By Evert
Thumbnail #4 of Digitalis lutea by Evert

By Weezingreens
Thumbnail #5 of Digitalis lutea by Weezingreens

By Evert
Thumbnail #6 of Digitalis lutea by Evert

By Evert
Thumbnail #7 of Digitalis lutea by Evert

There are a total of 28 photos.
Click here to view them all!


3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ficurinia On Nov 24, 2008, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

This is a true perennial foxglove. Mine have now been happily blooming for three years on the north side of my home. Like others, I too have been seeking out the best perennial Digitalis plants, and this is my favorite. One thing I would like to add is that many Digitalis plants do not actually like much shade at all and will not thrive in it. This one will. Lastly, the color is also great. It is the color of butter. I highly recommend planting this plant in your garden.

Positive guspuppy On Mar 20, 2008, guspuppy from Warren, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this plant, it never dissapoints me. It looks as though it belongs in a fairy's garden. Plant is tall but foxglove flowers are small and dainty.

Neutral Gabrielle On Jun 20, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Stratification and light aid germination of seeds. Blooms in June in my garden.

Positive suescanal On May 3, 2004, suescanal from High Falls, NY wrote:

Lutea digitalis grows on you. It's subtle and contrasts well with its neighbors. In addition to shade, I have to deal with a rocky/clay "soil"- this is one plant that appreciated my efforts. Like other foxgloves, it only lasted 3 years, but I've just planted new ones. They bloom at about the same time as sundrops-

Neutral poppysue On Aug 8, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

The straw foxglove bears 1-inch pale yellow flowers on 2-3 foot flower spikes.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Opelika, Alabama
Seward, Alaska
Flagstaff, Arizona
Cordele, Georgia
Ames, Iowa
Salem, Massachusetts
Wayland, Massachusetts
High Falls, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Warren, Ohio
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia
Fircrest, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Lake Stevens, Washington
Seattle, Washington

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America