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Evening all


i took out 2 failing hollyhocks and replaced with 2 foxgloves. Apart from the fact that they looked stunning and had bees all over them. They were at the end of the flowering season but couldn't resist. I have planted and left alone and the flower stem is still on.

problem is I know nothing much about them. How long do they last for, are they only multiplied by seed. I have put them on the sunniest side of my garden as 'told' to by my dad. Any hints tips thoughts would be most welcome.


Hi Red Dahlia,


Foxgloves are biennials and will grow from seed in year one and then flower in year two.  So hopefully you will find seedlings growing in the area around where they are planted this coming Spring and develop into a flowering plant the following year.

I have transplanted the seedlings to other locations with varying success.


So will my original plant last and flower again??


Not if it's the biennial kind.  The aim of any plant is to reproduce itself.  Annuals grow, flower, set seed and die in one year.  Biennials do it over 2 years.  Perennials can last anything from 3 to many years and will usually flower form their second year on.

Some foxgloves are perennial but are short lived and tend to last only 3 or 4 years but they set seed and self sow quite liberally so, as the original response said, keep an eye out for seedlings next spring and transplant them to where you want them to grow.


In the wild, foxgloves are found in woodland and like a bit of shade. I try to give them some shade in the garden as well. They do produce an amazing amount of seed, as others have said. It's worth checking the old flower stem to see if there are still seeds present, then you could sow some in a tray or pots and just leave in a corner until they germinate. The plants can then be placed where you want them in the spring.



Red dahlia, are they illumination series foxgloves?

I can't think of any others that would still be flowering. If so they don't set seed. They may be perennial but probably the frost will kill them.


Patsy F, what is the name of that foxglove, it sounds wonderful.


I had Dalmation peach flowering for most of the summer, repeating when I cut the main stem down. The usual apricot one is 'suttons apricot'

I'm not sure of the variety. They flowered till about October then just the flower stem. I will route around for the plant labels, gosh again I am amazed at the type of variety. I hope they do last through till next year!

My Illumination Pink flowered for MONTHS.  I fully expect them to survive the winter and flower just as prolifically next year.    They are marketed as perennial and, at least down here, I'm sure they will be.  I think they are as beautiful as any other foxglove except for those white (biennial) ones.  However, my neighbour has promised me some of his white seedlings so I will be a very happy bunny next year 

I'm sure these were perennial, I'm usually so careful to ensure that. They were right next to a perennial sunflower , a pink and a white with crimsen spots. It's raining otherwise I would be out with my torch looking for the name. 

looks like i ke I may be routing around at dads for seedlings if my 2 don't come through, I hoped they would add some height and something for the bees. 

Hiya break 23

I intended splitting one of my plants......ideally during the summer but they were still in flower.  I would certainly not do it now....wait until spring.  My only concern over winter is wet.  Cold wet soil might be a problem

Camelot f1 mixed and label says comes back every year. 

Patsy - my farther has been looking for apricot ones for ages!!!! And they were free, how could I have missed that!!

Not aware of too many truly perennial foxgloves despite the claims 



D. grandiflora and anything crossed with that should be good for perennialness (is that a word?)


Patsy F, many thanks

Thomas Wilkinson2

Hi all, I have some foxgloves planted in pots, most are still green and herbaceous but 1 or 2 seem to be dying back. Is that normal? is there anything I should do to look after them? I've been told on here that they are pretty hardy and will be alright just against a wall outside for winter. 


What are your foxgloves Thomas? Did they flower this year?

Ordinary foxgloves are more or less biennial, they flower once and then they seed and die. A few linger on for another year in a half hearted way

They are hardy.



They should flower as the warmer weather arrives