Digitalis, Common Foxglove, Lady's Glove 'Candy Mountain'

Digitalis purpurea

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis (dig-ee-TAH-liss) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Candy Mountain
Additional cultivar information:(Candy Mountain series)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Ellicott City, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Norwood, Massachusetts

Otis, Massachusetts

Southborough, Massachusetts

Jackson, Missouri

Elba, New York

Pittsford, New York

Enid, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

Leesburg, Virginia

Bellingham, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 25, 2012, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is one of the prettiest in my flower garden. It has good stature, blooms a long time, and a very pretty magenta color, It is a biennial. I winter sow this plant each year as I don't want to be without it. After the plants get big enough, I pot each plant up in a 4 inch pot. Water them as needed and plant them in the fall, September. This works really well for me. They usually stay evergreen all winter and bloom in June.


On Jan 2, 2012, ge1836 from Pittsford, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have clay soil so maybe that's the reason my luck with this plant was so awfull.
I planted 3 in April 2010, and 2 died before July.The surviving plant put up a stunted bloom spike and the buds that formed never opened on the short spike.
All in all I have written all Foxgloves off my list.
I realize as a bienial I should have givin it another year but I had no faith.


On Nov 13, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A very unique growing Foxglove that faces upwards towards the sky, making it easy for you and bees to look inside! Stunning rosy pink bloom with attractive, freckled throats that flower all along the strong sturdy stems. Excellent to use in the border or in cottage gardens.