Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'

Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'

Foxglove

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'
  • Common name: Foxglove
  • Plant type: Biennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 1m

Spread: 50cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'

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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil, Succeeds on poor soil, Low maintenance

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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