Digitalis lutea

foxglove

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  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist but well-drained, preferably alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Slightly glossy rich green leaves form a basal clump, from which stout stems arise in early summer bearing small soft yellow trumpets that are attractive to pollinating insects. More reliably perennial than many other foxgloves, it makes a welcome addition to the woodland floor, where it will settle in nicely with ferns and other shade-lovers.

  • Garden care: Ensure that the soil is kept moist in summer. After flowering cut back the flowered spikes to encourage more sideshoots. Cut down to the ground after flowering. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-ro tted organic matter around the plant in early spring.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten

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