Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial



Skill level


Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'

Plant details

Digitalis purpurea is a native European woodland plant with spikes of tubular purple flowers with a spotted throat. However its cultivars appear in many guises, some dwarf and others very tall, with flowers in shades of pink, purple white and red, while other species contribute yellow or rusty brown shades to the range. It's a popular biennial for a shady spot and looks fantastic when grown en masse at the back of a border. Its blooms are extremely attractive to bumblebees.

Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' is a delightful white-flowered foxglove. It self-seeds freely and will quickly naturalise in the garden.

Grow Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' in moist but well-drained soil in sun to shade. Allow plants to seed before cutting back the flowering stem – this may encourage a second flush of blooms to grow.

Family: Plantaginaceae

Genus: Digitalis

Species: purpurea

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 50cm

Reader reviews


White form of the native foxglove.

Glows in the twilight, with its tall stately vertical pillar of flowers

Loved by bees and self seeds.
Takes up a lot of ground space though.

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