Digitalis (dij-it-tay-liss) Foxglove; Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae). The common foxglove grows wild in English fields and is one of the easiest border plants in American gardens. Nodding showers of bells, usually flecked inside, are produced on tall, graceful racemes and are extremely showy in mass.
Foxglove will grow in average, medium, well-drained soil, however Digitalis will thrive in acidic, moist, humus enriched soil. Keeping this plant watered, not allowing it to dry-out, will result in better flowering and healthier foliage.
Though some species are perennial and will persist for years, most digitalis are treated as biennials. Propagation is recommended by letting the plant self-seed and using the resulting plantlets to establish colonies in the garden that will persist for years as if they were perennials. Seeds may take 2 years to flower.
Excellent as a border, containers, cut flower, mass plantings. Plant along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant.