FOXGLOVES


Group toward the back of the garden. They'll grow 4-5 feet high.
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Spots interline the throat of the tubular flower
A  year ago for Mother's Day our daughter sent us some Foxglove plants. Nothing much happened until this year.

Yesterday a neighbor, who lives down the road, stopped by. He was admiring the Foxgloves and wanted a closer look. So he was given a garden tour.

The Foxgloves are doing very well. Their spires add grace and beauty to the gardens. The flowers are numerous, on a long spike, and range from a deep purple to lilac with conspicuous spots interlining the throat of the tubular flower. 

As a biennial, the leaves form a rosette the first year followed by the flower spike the next year. Prefers a nitrogen-rich sandy loam soil, in partial sun to full shade.


The flowers are numerous on a long spike


The flowers are numerous and come in many colors

Foxgloves were originally brought from Europe by settlers for used to produce heart medicine called digitalis (botanical name is Digitalis, because the thimble-like blossoms fit a human finger almost perfectly).

These lovely flowers are toxic

Parts of the plant are toxic (if eaten), which doesn't make it a good park plant.
Accidental consumption of leaves or flowers by livestock, or children who are attracted by the showy flowers, or the nectar, both of which are poisonous can be a problem.


Foxgloves will prosper in a shady spot

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