Excellent as a cut flower, this very sturdy variety has flowers larger and wider than most foxglove varieties. As a biennial, it produces foliage the first year and flowers the second year' but it also self-sows readily, making it great for “naturalized” areas. Performs best in part shade.Caution: All plant parts are poisonous if ingested.
Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea
Native: Europe and North Africa
Hardiness: Biennial in USDA zones 4-8
Plant Dimensions: 3'-5' tall, 12″-30″ wide
Variety Information: 2″-3″ long blooms in white, pink, salmon, yellow, cream, and red with spotted interiors. Flowers of Gloxiniiflora are larger and more open-faced than other foxglove varieties.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to summer
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, until 2 months before your first fall frost date for blooms the following spring. Mild Climates: late summer or fall.
When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots to reduce root disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 14–21 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18″–24″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 18″–24″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing stems with about 1/3 of the flowers open.