Digitalis, also known as foxgloves, are beautiful brightly coloured flowers native to Europe, Western Asia, and some places in northwestern Africa. Foxgloves are very beautiful on their own, but when accompanied with other flowers in your garden they can make a beautiful arrangement.

Foxglove (Digitalis) flowers in bloom in a garden.

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Planting and growing Foxgloves (digitalis)

Grow these flowers in early summer as Foxglove grows best in full sun, with light afternoon shade. Experienced gardeners know the seeds require light to germinate. So when planting the seeds be sure not to cover them.

The plant prefers moist, well-drained soil. Foxgloves are easy to grow from seed. When planting them you need to space them about 1 to 2 feet apart.

Foxgloves are known to grow quickly.

How to take care of your Foxglove flowers

Water foxglove plants regularly until they are fully grown. You can continue to feed the flowers with a balanced thick layer of organic compost and mulch around plants in early summer.

Once they have reached maturity, these flowers need very little attention. Their blooming season of about two to three months starting in late spring will add value to the aesthetic of your garden and will invite new wildlife which will diversify the eco-system in your garden. They are a favourite amongst butterflies and bees.



bumblebee flies towards foxglove flower

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Be aware of Foxgloves

One of the most important factors to take note of when planting these flowers is they are poisonous and need to be handled with care.

Their chemicals can affect the heart. The toxins they carry in the leaves, flowers, and all other parts of the flower are called digitoxin and can cause changes to the rhythm of the heart, so it is best to be cautious and wear protective gear like gloves when dealing with them.


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