Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
(White-flowered Foxglove)

Family - Plantaginaceae
Category - Biennial
Season of Interest - Spring, Summer
Hardiness - H7
Height - up to 2m
Width - 60cm
Location - The Stream Area

Description: An upright Biennial that forms large, basal rosettes of mid-green, oblong to ovate leaves in the plant's first year of growth. In the second year, tall vertical flowering stems are produced. The nodding, tubular bell-shaped Blooms are snow-white and sometimes have yellow speckles on the insides. The flowers are held in Racemes on sturdy, vertical stems and produced in early and midsummer. Excellent for use as cut flowers and attractive to pollinating insects.

Digitalis purpurea is highly toxic if ingested, but it is also the source of digitalin, a drug used to treat heart conditions. Plants can be considered short-lived Perennials if deadheaded immediately after flowering, however, it is generally accepted that better quality plants are produced when treated as a Biennial.

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Nodding, tubular bell-shaped flowers are pure white. The blooms sometimes have yellow speckles on the insides. The flowers are held in tall, vertical racmes on sturdy stems and are produced in June and July.

Flower colour: White

Flower shape: Tubular bell-shaped flowers held in racemes

Flowering time: June, July


Hairy mid-green leaves are oblong to ovate in shape and form large basal rosettes in the first year. In the second year the leaves are Alternately arranged up the flowering stems.

Foliage Senescence: Deciduous

Foliage Shape: Oblong to obovate

Poison Information:

This plant will cause severe discomfort if ingested.




Best in full sun to partial shade in moisture-retentive soil that is well-drained.