8,000 seeds $2.00
photo by Sue Brown
Digitalis purpurea blooms in early summer. It makes a nice companion plant for roses and June-blooming perennials like campanula and dianthus. The long-stemmed flowers are great for cutting.
Digitalis purpurea is one of the few showy flowers for the shade garden. It's a biennial or short-lived perennial. Native to Europe. The plants are poisonous.
Also known as Common Foxglove. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 3-9.
Digitalis (Foxglove) Seeds
Digitalis, also known as foxglove, has tall spikes of tubular flowers in a wide range of colors, heights and forms. The plants are poisonous.
Sowing Digitalis Seeds
Start foxglove seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date. Sow on the surface. Full sun to part shade.
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'
2,000 seeds $2.25
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' is the white form of Digitalis purpurea. It blooms in June with tall, elegant spikes of pure white flowers. It makes a beautiful companion plant for roses.
Hardy in zones 4-9.
Digitalis 'Apricot Beauty'
2,000 seeds $2.25
Also known as Apricot Foxglove. Hardy in zones 4-9.
Digitalis 'Excelsior Hybrids'
2500 seeds $2.25
Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Hybrids' is a mix of pink, purple and white, bell-shaped flowers. The long-stemmed flowers are good for cutting, but I prefer to keep them in the garden where they stand out like exclamation points, providing height and interest.
Also known as Digitalis purpurea 'Excelsior Mix'. Hardy in zones 3-9.
Digitalis 'Gelber Herold'
150 seeds $2.50
Digitalis ferruginea 'Gelber Herold' blooms in midsummer with towering spikes of soft, tan-yellow flowers with rusty veining. It self sows freely in my zone 5 garden. It's a biennial or short-lived perennial.
Also known as Rusty Foxglove and Digitalis ferruginea 'Yellow Herald'. Hardy in zones 4-9.
Digitalis ferruginea 'Gigantea'
125 seeds $2.50
Digitalis ferruginea 'Gigantea' has softly colored, tan-yellow flowers with rusty-brown veins on the inside. It's a tall, narrow plant like an exclamation point in the garden.
Rusty Foxglove grows well in part shade, and it's not too picky about the soil. I have a patch growing in the shade next to an old blue spruce - just about the worst conditions you can imagine. This species thrives and reseeds there.
Digitalis ferruginea is a biennial or short-lived perennial. Hardy in zones 4-9.
400 seeds $2.50
Digitalis floribunda is a lovely species with light yellow flowers that look similar to Digitalis grandiflora. It's a reliable perennial. Digitalis floribunda blooms earlier than most other foxgloves, which makes it a great companion plant for iris and peonies. It's shown here with Campanula 'Telham Beauty'.
Also known as Cluster-Flowering Foxglove. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 3-9.
(Large Yellow Foxglove)
400 seeds $2.50
Digitalis grandiflora blooms in June with soft, yellow flowers with light brown netting. The subtle color looks nice anywhere in the garden, especially when paired with blue flowers like Polemonium caeruleum.
Digitalis grandiflora is a reliable perennial. Also known as Digitalis ambigua and Large Yellow Foxglove. Hardy in zones 3-8.
85 seeds $2.75
Digitalis laevigata is a rare foxglove species native to southern Europe. It has soft orange-yellow flowers with purple netting and a white lower lip. I think that Digitalis laevigata should be more widely grown. The flowers are unique, and it's a reliable perennial for part shade. Deer resistant.
Also known as Grecian Foxglove and Giraffe Foxglove. Hardy in zones 5-9.
(Small Yellow Foxglove)
400 seeds $2.50
Digitalis lutea blooms in early summer with tall, narrow spikes of pale yellow flowers. The overall effect is very subtle and relaxed.
Digitalis lutea is a long-lived, self-sowing perennial. Also known as Small Yellow Foxglove and Straw Foxglove. Hardy in zones 4-9.
200 seeds $3.50
Digitalis obscura is native to Spain and North Africa. It has narrow, evergreen leaves on bushy plants. It blooms in June with sunset-red and gold flowers with red veins and spots. The tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. Digitalis obscura is drought tolerant, unlike common foxgloves. It is well-suited to rock gardens with good drainage. It can be slow getting started, but it's a reliable perennial once established.
Also known as Sunset Foxglove. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 5-9.
(Milk Chocolate Foxglove)
200 seeds $2.50
Digitalis parviflora is a rare species from Spain. It blooms in early summer with small, reddish-brown flowers. The narrow, evergreen leaves have white veins.
Also known as Milk Chocolate Foxglove. Deer resistant. Long-lived, hardy perennial in zones 4-9.
Digitalis 'Spanish Peaks'
1600 seeds $3.50
Digitalis thapsi 'Spanish Peaks' is a beautiful foxglove species that blooms in early summer with purplish-pink flowers that are held gracefully away from the stems. The flowers, stems and leaves are covered with tiny hairs, giving it a soft appearance. Spanish Peaks foxglove is relatively short, so it's best planted near the front of the border or at the edge of a woodland path. Shade tolerant.
Also known as Fingerhut Foxglove. Short-lived perennial. Hardy in zones 4-9.