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Foxglove, spectacular flowers


Foxglove is a very beautiful summer-blooming perennial flower.

A few Foxglove facts

Name – Digitalis
Family – Scrophulariaceae
Type – perennial

 – 40 to 50 inches (100 to 120 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun

Soil: ordinary, well drained  –  Flowering: early to mid summer

It produces a striking result and is perfect to serve as the backdrop for flower beds thanks to the elevation it reaches.

Planting foxglove

If you purchased your plants in nursery pots, it is best to plant the foxglove in the ground in fall, spacing each 12 inches (30 cm) from the next and adding “flower plant” soil mix to your soil.

  • Foxglove plantingPlant at least ten foxglove specimens in any given bed to produce a remarkable visual impact.
  • Water regularly after planting.
  • They truly stand out at the back of a flower bed since they grow so tall.

To sow foxglove well, proceed to sow directly in the plot starting from the month of May and up until September.

  • If you let the plants be, they will re-seed themselves on their own. Sometimes prolifically!
  • Propagate your foxglove by dividing the crown.

Pruning and caring for foxgloves

Proper care for foxglove involves watering and mulchRemove wilted foxglove flowers without cutting off the entire stem to stimulate new flower growth.

  • Handle the plant with gloves because all parts of the plant are poisonous.

In case of prolonged dry spells or heat wave, water the base of the plant in the evening.


Deadheading won’t lead to new flowers in the current season. However, it does let the perennial grow more lush and vigorous: this will lead to more flowers next spring.

All there is to know about foxglove

Landscaping with foxgloveThis very beautiful perennial launches tall floral scapes gilded with beautiful bell-shaped flowers.

Foxglove is easy to grow, requires little care and its ornamental impact is assured, given how spectacular the blooming is.

  • The blooming normally sets on an even greater show the 2nd year after planting.

You can also cut a couple foxglove flower stems and place them in a vase, they keep for a long time!

Smart tip about foxglove

Stake the tallest foxglove stems to avoid having them break due to wind.

Images: CC BY-SA 2.0: David Prasad, Mark Wordy; own work: Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois; Pixabay: Holger Schué
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