Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials,
shrubs, and biennials that are commonly called foxgloves.
The first year of growth of the Common Foxglove produces only
the stem with its long, basal leaves. During the second year
of the plant's life, a long leafy stem from 50 to 250 centimeters
tall grows atop the roots of healthy plants.
Foxglove is an herbaceous perennial.
Other Names: Digitalis, Common Foxglove,
Purple Foxglove, Lady's Glove, Witches' Gloves,
Dead Men's Bells, Fairy's Glove, Gloves of Our
Lady, Bloody Fingers, Virgin's Glove, Fairy Caps,
Folk's Gloves, Fairy Thimbles, Folk' Gloves, Finger
Flower, Finger Root,
Descriptions: Foxglove leaves form a base
rosette, from the leave rosette a spire comes
which is covered with tubular flowers that contain
Size: Foxglove grows 2 to 4 feet tall.
Symbolism: Foxglove symbolizes insincerity.
Grow Details: Under the right conditions
foxglove is not a difficult plant to grow.
Soil Type: Well
Soil PH: PH 6.5 - 7.0
Water: Moist do not tolerate dry
Light: Part Sun to Full Shade
Grow Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Height: Foxglove stands 2 to 4 Feet
Flower Colors: Pink, Red, Lavender,
Purple, White, and Yellow.
Propagation: Propagate Foxglove from
seeds or root division.
Division/Transplants: Divide foxglove
Blooming Period: June to September
Herbal Remedy Properties: Foxglove roots,
sap, flowers, seeds, pollen, and leaves of foxglove
are all poisonous - even when dried. Symptoms
of foxglove poison include: dizziness, vomiting,
irregular heart beat, and delerium or halucinations.
Though foxglove is highly toxic, historically,
Foxglove was used by herbalists as an ointment
used for cleansing wounds and reducing swelling
and as an expectorant.
Modern medicine derives a drug called, Digitonin,
from Foxglove (Digitalis). Digtitonin is used
to force of the systolic contractions and prolong
duration of the diastolic phase in congestive
heart failure. Digitalis drugs lower venous pressure
in hypersensetive heart ailments, elevate blood
pressure in a weak heart act as a diuretic, and
Native Area: Foxglove is native to Europe.
Foxglove Flower Gifts
|The flowers are produced on a tall
spike, are tubular, and vary in colour with species,
from purple to pink, white, and yellow