Digitalis purpurea--Foxglove

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Digitalis purpurea--Foxglove

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Foxgloves are biennials grown as perennials. They produce tall spikes of bell shaped flowers in shades of white, lilac, purple, rose or yellow. The florets are spotted with purple. Best growth occurs in fertile well drained soil and either sun or shade. Foxglove likes to be mulched and will often self seed. Cut off the flower stalk immediately after flowering to encourage shoots that bloom later in the season.

Propagation is usually by seed. Some seed needs to be planted every year in order to guarantee blooming. The seed germinates in 2 to 3 weeks at 65 to 70 degrees. The seed can be planted in a row outside then the seedlings are moved to flowering sites in the fall.

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