Digitalis purpurea
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Digitalis purpurea


  family veronicaceae 
  genus digitalis 

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Genus  Digitalis Species  purpurea Variety  Cultivar  Common names  foxglove Family  VERONICACEAE Specimen number  S11128 Data source  ColorNat p16;HtZn p107;MedPl p199
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Biennial,Perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 6' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 10-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Digitalis purpurea have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Chartreuse is the most typical color produced by Foxglove. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (Alum is typically used as a mordant to fix the colors.) This plant can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. Partial shade is needed for this plant to do its best. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Leaves Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  cardiac   diuretic Medicinal parts  Leaves Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  It can be fatal if an overdose is taken. Medicinal notes  Digitalis purpurea is thought to have beneficial uses as either a cardiac or a diuretic. Foxglove is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. This plant is not permitted in some countries. Herbal remedies are only prepared from the leaves. It can be fatal if an overdose is taken. The leaves of this plant are toxic.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Flowers Dye color  chartreuse
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Digitalis purpurea is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Digitalis purpurea has coarse hairy arrow-shaped leaves in clumps. Flowers: Foxglove has cup shaped flowers with spotted throats on tall stalks. Flowers begin in June and don't stop until August. Flowers are often found in such colors as purple, pink or white, with an accent in brown.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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