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Digitalis 'Foxy' is a beautiful, showy bloom that will brighten up any garden! Commonly known as "foxglove" or "lady's glove," this attractive plant produces a mix of spotted colored flowers that grow in a tubular fashion. Supported by tall, upright stalks that are covered in velvety gray-green leaves, Digitalis prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade.
Traditionally grown for its medicinal powers over the heart, modern medicine has found a use for its natural toxins to manufacture pharmaceuticals that prevent heart failure. These highly toxic plants should never be ingested as dosages vary and can become fatal for humans and some animals. These toxic chemicals are found throughout the whole plant and during periods of heavy pollination, can contaminate other plants growing nearby. Be careful not to plant edibles near Digitalis, Foxglove for fear of this contamination. When measured in correct dosages, the Digitalis can help cardiopulmonary action by opening constricted veins and allowing more blood flow to the heart, strengthening its beat.
Blooming from early to mid summer, this perennial is a major attraction to bees, butterflies and birds. A must for the Cottage Garden, try planting Digitalis in woodland gardens, as a border plant or cut-flowers. Leave some dead flower stalks to self sow for future flowers.
Please remember that all parts of Digitalis are poisonous if ingested!
Characteristics: Digitalis forms large rosettes of downy, green, oblong leaves from which numerous flower spikes emerge. The perfect Cottage Garden plant - 'Foxy' is a lovely, heavy blooming dwarf foxglove which produces 3-inch flowers with attractive speckled throats.
Light: Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Water: Water your digitalis when dry to the touch. It likes moist soil, but try to avoid constant "wet feet."
Soil: Digitalis will tolerate a variety of soils-- as long as adequate drainage is provided, your plant should be just fine.
Use: Digitalis is a beautiful garden plant. It looks especially nice when planted along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers.
Extras: Please remember that Foxgloves are poisonous and should not be used by anyone for anything except enjoying it in the garden ... unless you are a bee or hummingbird, that is!