Digitalis purpurea Dalmatian Purple
Digitalis purpurea Dalmatian Purple
Common Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea Dalmatian Purple

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The elegant spires of this hardy foxglove are more compact than some, reaching 60cm in height: perfect for the middle of a sunny border. The individual flowers that graduate up the stem flare gently at the end displaying the deep purple spots that give the plant its name.


Foxgloves are a familiar and beloved sight in cottage gardens where they punctuate the herbaceous border with picturesque spires of colour. However, they are highly toxic to humans and animals and are also known by the more sinister names: ‘dead man’s bells’ and ‘witch’s gloves’.

  • Flowers June - July
  • Fully hardy
  • All soil types
  • All aspects
  • Full sun or partial sunlight

The main foxglove flower is called the ‘king’ flower; cut this back after flowering to encourage lower shoots to bloom, but before doing so allow the bees to do their busy work. Highly toxic by ingestion. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling.