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Digitalis purpurea


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Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Digitalis purpurea

Plant details

This native European woodland plant appears in many guises, some dwarf and others very tall, with flowers in shades of pink and red - a white form is also available, and other species contribute yellow or rusty brown shades to the range. These blooms are attractive to bees. It is a popular biennial for shaded places, perennial if the flower stems are cut back promptly to prevent seeding. Otherwise plants seed themselves freely, and the seedlings can be transplanted if they are in the way. It is handsome and easy if watered well in dry weather, and looks spectacular at the back of a border.

Family: Plantaginaceae

Genus: Digitalis

Species: purpurea

Plant type: Native perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

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