Discover the Stunning Foxglove: Plant of the Week Feature


Welcome to our latest edition of Plant of the Week! This week, we will be featuring the stunning foxglove, a beautiful flowering plant that belongs to the Digitalis genus in the family Plantaginaceae. With its tall spires of bell-shaped flowers, foxgloves are a favorite among gardeners.

Foxgloves, also known by their Latin name Digitalis, are biennial or short-lived perennials that form a rosette of green leaves in the first season. Then, in the second season, they send up tall flower spikes with clusters of tubular flowers. These flowers come in a wide variety of colors including purple, pink, white, yellow, and peach, often with delicate speckles or veins.

What makes foxgloves so special is their unique flower shape. The blooms are often described as being shaped like a rose or a glove, hence their common name. This distinctive shape, along with their vibrant colors and striking markings, makes them a standout in any garden or landscape.

If you are interested in growing foxgloves in your own garden, there are a few things you should know. Foxgloves prefer a sunny or partially shaded location and well-drained soil. They can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but do not like wet or boggy conditions. It is also important to note that while foxgloves can be grown from seed, they can also be propagated through division.

When it comes to care and maintenance, foxgloves are relatively low-maintenance plants. They require regular watering, especially during dry spells, and benefit from a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture. Deadheading spent blooms will encourage more flowers to bloom throughout the season. In terms of pests and diseases, foxgloves are generally resistant to most common garden pests and diseases.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about foxgloves, please feel free to ask. We are here to provide you with the latest news, articles, and tips on gardening and horticulture. Stay tuned for our next Plant of the Week!

Common foxglove Digitalis purpurea

The common foxglove, also known by its Latin name Digitalis purpurea, is a favorite plant among gardeners. It is commonly featured in border gardens due to its tall stalks that carry long-blooming flowers. The plant is easily recognized by its tubular, bell-shaped flowers that come in various colors, including pink, lavender, ruby, and white. The flowers have dark veins that fade towards the edges and are often spotted on the inside. The common foxglove blooms in the second year after planting.

One of the most common varieties of Digitalis purpurea is the ‘Dalmatian’ series, which offers a range of colors and grows well in both sun and partial shade. Another popular variety is ‘Foxlight’, which has large flowers and hairy foliage. Both of these varieties attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds, adding interest to your garden.

If you’re interested in growing common foxgloves, it is necessary to note that they are biennials, meaning they have a two-year life cycle. The first year, the plant produces a rosette of large, green leaves. In the second year, it sends up tall flower spikes with open flowers. After the flowers fade, the plant produces seeds that can be collected for future use. Alternatively, it may self-seed if allowed. Some gardeners choose to encourage new growth by cutting back or deadheading the plants after the first bloom.

Common foxgloves can also be propagated by division. In late winter or early spring, the plant can be lifted and divided into smaller clumps. This process helps rejuvenate the plants and create more individuals for your garden.

Keep in mind that while the common foxglove is a beautiful addition to any garden, all parts of the plant are highly poisonous if ingested. It is important to exercise caution when growing this plant, especially if you have young children or pets. The Digitalis purpurea plant can still bring beauty and charm to your outdoor spaces, but it’s essential to be aware of its toxic properties.

In summary, the common foxglove Digitalis purpurea is a long-blooming plant that offers a variety of flower colors and forms. It is commonly grown as a biennial but can also be propagated by division. Planting this beautiful and interesting specimen in your garden can attract pollinators and add a touch of color and elegance.

Latest Horticulture News

In this week’s plant of the week article, we are focusing on the foxglove, a favorite plant among horticulturists. The foxglove, also known by its Latin name Digitalis, is a long-blooming flower that belongs to the Plantaginaceae family. It typically has tall stalks with bell-shaped flowers that come in various colors, such as peach, golden-yellow, and even spotted forms like the Dalmatian foxglove.

Many gardeners may wonder about the winterizing of foxgloves, especially in areas with harsh winter conditions. It is necessary to cut down the foliage of the plant in late autumn or early winter to avoid any damage caused by frost or snow. While foxgloves can easily handle winter conditions, it is always recommended to provide some protection to ensure their survival.

One common question that horticulturists ask is which type of foxglove should they plant. There are several varieties to choose from, such as the Camelo and Foxlight series, which are known for their long blooms and vibrant colors. The Foxlight series has flowers with unique shapes and interesting color patterns, while the Camelo series is a grandiflora type with larger flowers.

When planting foxgloves, it is important to select a location with full or partial sunlight, as these plants prefer sunny spots. They also like moist and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. It is recommended to prepare the soil by adding compost or other organic amendments before planting the foxgloves.

Foxglove seeds can be sown in early spring, and it usually takes about three years for the plant to reach its full blooming potential. The seeds should be planted in flats or pots and kept in a cool, dark place to promote germination. Once the seedlings have grown large enough, they can be transplanted to their permanent location in the garden.

In conclusion, foxgloves are a popular plant in horticulture due to their long-blooming flowers and interesting foliage. They are easily winterized and have several varieties to choose from, each offering unique shapes and colors. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, foxgloves can add a touch of beauty to any garden or landscape.

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Are you interested in biennials? They are a common type of plant, and one that you may be familiar with is the Foxglove (Latin name: Digitalis purpurea). These plants have a rosette shape with dark green leaves. If you’re interested in growing them, you should know that they have a liking for fertile, well-drained soil and partial shade. They are known for their tall stalks of tubular flowers, which can be found in various colors such as ruby red, pink, and white. Don’t forget to encourage their growth by deadheading the flowers and removing the faded stalks.

If you have any questions about winterizing your garden, I’m here to help. Whether you’re wondering about selecting the right winter plants or caring for your perennials during the colder months, I can provide you with the latest tips and advice. If you’re looking for a long-blooming plant for your winter garden, you may want to consider our favorite, the Golden-Yellow Goldcrest. It has beautiful golden foliage and is a great source of winter interest.

Do you want to know how to propagate plants through division? Or maybe you’re curious about the heart-related benefits of gardening? I’m happy to answer any questions you have about plant propagation or the health benefits of being a gardener. And if you’re wondering about blooming patterns or the dark spots on your plant’s leaves, don’t hesitate to ask. I can help you identify the issue and provide recommendations for care.

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While Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) are usually known for their tall stalks of bell-shaped flowers in early summer, there is much more to learn about this plant.

Some varieties, like the Foxlight series and the Dalmatian series, have shorter stalks and wider flower forms. They can bloom in winter and add a splash of color to your garden during the colder months.

If you want to grow Foxgloves, you should know that they prefer a sunny location and well-drained soil. They usually do well in places where the winter season is not too harsh.

When caring for Foxgloves, it’s important to note that they are biennial plants, meaning their life cycle lasts for two years. The first year, they grow green leaves, and in the second year, they produce tall flower stalks.

To ensure that your Foxgloves come back year after year, you can allow the seedlings to scatter their seeds on the ground. However, if you don’t want them to spread too much, you can remove the spent flowers before they go to seed.

Unlike some other varieties, Foxgloves are usually not long-blooming plants. Their flowers open in succession from the bottom of the stalk to the top, and once all the flowers have bloomed, the plant typically dies back.

Winterizing Foxgloves is an important step to ensure their survival during colder months. You can mulch around the base of the plant with straw or leaves to protect it from freezing temperatures.

When it comes to care, Foxgloves are generally low-maintenance plants. They have few pest or disease problems and are resistant to deer and rabbits.

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If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your garden, consider varieties like ‘Goldcrest,’ with its golden-yellow flowers, or ‘Ruby,’ with its rose-like blooms. These varieties are sure to catch the eye and become a favorite among gardeners.

In conclusion, Foxgloves are a beautiful plant that can bring color and life to your garden, especially during the winter season. With proper care and attention, they can thrive and provide you with years of enjoyment.

Learn more about the different forms and varieties of Foxgloves, as well as tips and tricks for growing them, in our featured articles section.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.