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Digitalis, Grecian Foxglove, Woolly Foxglove

Digitalis lanata

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: lanata (la-NA-tuh) (Info)




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


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



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)

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

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

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Auburn, Alabama

Seward, Alaska

Sherwood, Oregon

Austin, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Flower buds covered in fine silky hairs, open to white lipped reddish-brown tubular flowers, delicately veined and netted, tightly packed on many short stems. Origin: Mediterranean. Easy to grow.


On Oct 17, 2002, lldrm wrote:

I have not grown this plant. I am a natural resources manager in Minnesota who deals largely with non-native invasive species. Digitalis lanata (Grecian foxglove) has unfortunately naturalized in the eastern parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, including along highway right-of-way. Management agencies are cooperatively working to eradicate the plant before it becomes even more of a problem. If you must grow this plant, do not let it go to seed and spread outside your garden. We have more than enough invasives out there already.


On Aug 29, 2002, Baa wrote:

A short live perennial Foxglove from Italy to Turkey.

Has deep green, hairless or slightly hairy, lance shaped leaves borne in basal rosettes. Bears spikes of cream/yellow tubular flowers, heavily veined purple or brown with a large white lip. The flower spike has leafy bracts.

Flowers June - August

Loves a well drained soil in sun or light shade.

Very easy to grow and keep happy except where the soil lays too wet or too dry.