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Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea (Scrophulariaceae)

One of the loveliest, most important plant species that has been introduced from Europe and naturalized in various parts of North America. The flowers are numerous, on a spike, and range from a deep purple to lilac with conspicuous spots interlining the throat of the tubular flower. As a biennial, the leaves form a rosette the first year followed by the flower spike the next year. Prefers a nitrogen-rich sandy loam soil, in partial sun to full shade.

Average planting success with this species: 50%
Height: 2-4 feet
Germination: 20-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60-65F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: June-September
Average seeds per pound: 4,360,000
Seeding rate: 1/2 lb. per acre
Suggested use: Shaded areas, wildflower mixes, waste places.
Miscellaneous: Foxglove is a source of digitalis prescribed by doctors to strengthen the heart and regulate its beat. Extremely poisonous! Enjoy, but do not eat!.