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Digitalis (Foxglove) purpurea Candy Mountain

THE NAME FOXGLOVE is said to have arisen from a story about playful fairies, wanting to help the wily foxes. They slipped a foxglove over each paw and ever since, the fox has had the attribute of stealth. They even left their little fairy fingerprints on the blooms in the
form of tiny spots as proof.
Humans admire them today for their gorgeous, bell-shaped flowers which appear on long tall spikes, making an impressive statement in the garden during late spring and summer. Wonderful drifts of vertical spires create interest in the border by adding a third dimension. Excellent for cutting too – lasting 7-10 days in a vase, although you may not wish to deprive the passing wildlife of a nectar-rich feast. Deadhead as each flower is spent to encourage more flowers and promote seed production for self-seeding in the second year.

Nicknamed Viagra in the trials gardens, due to the upwards facing flowers. Height 120cm (48"). Spread 30cm (12"). Hardy biennial.
Flower Colour

Type of garden
Container Gardening, Contemporary Gardening, Cottage Garden, Small Gardens, Wildflower Garden

Bees and Butterflies, Flowers For Cutting/Drying, Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Ideal for Beginners, Pest Resistant, Suitable for Container

April onwards

Flowering Time

Sun or Partial Shade

30cm (12")

120cm (48")

Digitalis purpurea


Moist and well drained.


Sun or partial shade





Additional Information

Cut back main flower spike as it fades to encourage a second flowering. Contact with foliage may irritate skin. All parts if ingested will cause severe discomfort. Propagate by sowing the seeds in a cold frame in late spring. Hardy biennial.

Delivery Date: 14 Apr 2019 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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