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Foxgloves (Digitalis)

Key facts about Foxgloves

  • Height: 60-200cm
  • Flowering Time: June – August
  • Flower colour: Purple
  • Growth habit: Tall biannual plant
  • Habitat: Light shade, open woods, woodland glades, riverbanks, waste land, railway embankments
  • Appears in: Meadowmat for Birds and Bees
  • NEW product containing foxglove: Birds and Bees Floral Focus

What do Foxgloves look like?

foxglove flower

Stately purple spires with tall flower spikes clothed in individual bell shaped flowers. Each foxglove flower is the perfect size for a foxes paw – hence the common name. The flower throat is pale and mottled with dark spots

Foxglove foliage forms a rosette close to the ground. Each leaf is up to 30cm long and shaped roughly like a flattened rugby ball.

Where to use Digitalis (Foxglove)

These flowers thrive in those cool, slightly shaded places in the garden. Beneath a deciduous tree, beside the shed or clothing a north facing bank. In the border, plant them in groups for a spectacular display or have them mingling with other wild flowers. Foxgloves, oxeye daisies and aquilegia look fabulous together especially when grown through feathery grasses such as tufted hair grass.

Foxglove is one of the few plants in any of our Meadowmat mixes that cannot be used for human consumption. Not ever. Not in any way, shape or form. It’s highly poisonous and can cause major problems. Having said that, bees absolutely adore it – and it’s a highly photogenic plant. In fact, if I were an artist, I’d have to include foxgloves in some, if not all of my work.

We’ve used in in both of our Birds and Bees mix because it does have such high wildlife value. So, provided you admire it from afar, foxglove is a valuable addition to any garden.

More about Meadowmat for Birds and Bees 

NEW FOR 2020 Birds and Bees Floral Focus – a grass free seed mix for superfloral pollinator friendly borders.