Foxglove flowers belong to the plantain family and originated from Europe. It got its name from its appearance because the blossoms look like gloved fingers that fit the size of a fox’s paws. One foxglove consists of 20-80 purple-pink flowers and produces around 2 million seeds in its lifetime. The flowers and seeds, however, are produced only on its second year of life because it produces leaves on the first.
Foxglove has medicinal benefits including toxins with heart-protective properties but the plant itself is fatal for human consumption. Animals are known to avoid the plant because of its poison.
Table of Contents
- Apricot Beauty (Digitalis purpurea)
- Café Crème (Digitalis lanata)
- Camelot Hybrid (Digitalis purpurea)
- Camelot Lavender
- Camelot Rose
- Camelot White
- Dalmatian Crème Hybrid
- Dalmatian Hybrid (Digitalis purpurea)
- Dalmatian Peach Hybrid
- Dalmatian Purple Hybrid
- Dalmatian Rose
- Dalmatian White
- Digiplexis “Illumination Flame.”
- Dusky Maid Sunset (Digitalis obscura)
- Excelsior Hybrid (Digitalis purpurea)
- Foxy (Digitalis purpurea)
- Giant Yellow Herod (Digitalis ferruginea)
- Large Yellow (Digitalis grandiflora)
- Milk Chocolate (Digitalis parviflora)
- Monstrosa (Digitalis purpurea)
- Pantaloons (Digitalis purpurea “Pam’s Split”)
- Polka-Dot Hybrid
- Polka-Dot Petra Hybrid
- Polka-Dot Polly Hybrid
- Rose Shades
- Ruby Glow
- Snow Thimble (Digitalis purpurea)
- Straw Foxglove (Digitalis lutea)
- Strawberry (Digitalis x fulva syn. D. x mertonensis)
- Sugar Plum (Digitalis purpurea)
- Waldigone (Goldcrest Foxglove)
- Yellow Spear
- The Advantages of Growing Foxglove Flowers
Apricot Beauty (Digitalis purpurea)
Winter-hardy to zone 4, these flowers have spikes that can get up to four feet high and their apricot-pink flowers truly stand out among other flowers. They are usually either short-term perennials or biennials and they look spectacular when planted next to Shasta daisies or Turkish Wild hollyhocks.
Café Crème (Digitalis lanata)
A rare and beautiful evergreen, the Café Crème is a true perennial and has orchid-like flowers in white with bronze- or yellow-colored markings. The flowers grow up to three feet high and thrive either in full sun or some shade. They look great as borders and in cottage gardens.
Camelot Hybrid (Digitalis purpurea)
These flowers were the first F-1 hybrid Foxgloves available to regular consumers. They produce incredible-looking spikes of extra-large, speckled flowers and they come in colors such as white, cream, lavender, and rose starting with year one. They have strong, vigorous branches and grow to four feet tall and 30 inches in width. They are very sturdy and winter-hardy to zone 4.
Just as many other Foxglove flowers, these are very large and very sturdy. They are lavender with dark-lavender speckles on the inside. You can get blooms from them starting the very first year and they grow up to four feet in height. They are also hardy and vigorous, which most flower lovers can appreciate.
Dark rose-pink in color and containing extremely large petals, these flowers are beautifully arranged on spikes that can get up to four feet high. They are sturdy, are winter-hardy to zone 4, and bloom starting the very first year.
The Camelot White Foxgloves bloom the very first year and have showy spikes filled with extra-large white flowers. They are sturdy and hardy and they grow up to four feet high.
Dalmatian Crème Hybrid
Their cream-colored, bell-shaped petals open up to reveal purple specks inside and it goes from seed to bloom in less than four months. The Dalmatian Crème Hybrid is winter-hardy to zone 5 and it is recommended that you remove the old flowers at the end of the season and replant them the following year. They are perfect for containers and in a regular garden bed!
Dalmatian Hybrid (Digitalis purpurea)
These Foxgloves go from seed to bloom faster than any other type of Foxglove and their blooms are well-packed and compact. Measuring up to three feet in height, the flowers are slightly bell-shaped and are upturned a bit. These flowers look extraordinary in pots and containers, are winter-hardy to zone 5, and look great as borders or planted alongside fences and walking paths.
Dalmatian Peach Hybrid
Peach-colored throughout, these Foxgloves are trumpet-shaped and bloom very fast. They grow up to three feet in height and can go from seed to bloom in as little as four months. The Dalmatian Peach Hybrid is winter-hardy to zone 5 and blooms very well even in the first year.
Dalmatian Purple Hybrid
With deep purple-lavender petals and maroon-and-white speckled insides, these Foxgloves should be planted about one week prior to your other Foxglove Dalmatians. If you remove the old plants at the end of the season, the plants will bloom again the following season. These flowers grow to three feet in height and thrive in small pots, in large containers, and, of course, in the garden. The winner of several international flower awards, the Dalmatian Purple Hybrid is winter-hardy to zone 5 and is striking in appearance.
A rose-pink color, these Foxgloves grow two to three feet tall and go from seed to bloom in four months. They have dark speckles on the inside and their rose-pink color really stands out among other flowers.
With beautiful, creamy white outsides and striking maroon interiors, these flowers grow up to three feet high and do best in shaded borders and in containers, even the small containers. Performance-wise, these flowers are difficult to beat.
Digiplexis “Illumination Flame.”
Best when grown in zones 8-11, the flame-colored petals are creamy yellow trimmed in a rose pink and they bloom from spring to late summer. Unlike many other Foxgloves, the plant is sterile and therefore it won’t set seeds. This plant is a hybrid-cross of two other varieties.
Dusky Maid Sunset (Digitalis obscura)
Considered a dwarf type of Foxglove, these flowers are thimble-shaped and come in colors such as red, burnt orange, amber, and beige-brown. The leaves are narrow and dark green and they bloom from July to September. A true perennial, the Dusky Maid Sunset grows up to 20 inches high and is winter-hardy to zone 5.
Excelsior Hybrid (Digitalis purpurea)
It is possible that these flowers are the most unique and stunning of all the Foxglove varieties. The flowers elegantly surround the entire stem and if you hold them horizontally, the beautiful interior spots are the most noticeable. The Excelsior Hybrid is winter-hardy to zone 4 and grows up to five feet in height.
Foxy (Digitalis purpurea)
The Foxy variety of Foxgloves is a heavy-flowering variety that is slightly smaller than regular Foxgloves. The three-inch flowers bloom the first year when you start them indoors and if sown outside, they bloom in late spring through late summer. They are hardy and sturdy and they grow to three feet in height in a variety of colors, including white and lilac.
Giant Yellow Herod (Digitalis ferruginea)
These biennial plants grow all summer long and their blooms are a beautiful Dijon mustard color. Winter-hardy to zone 4, the Giant Yellow Herod is easy to sow and much larger than many other Foxgloves. They look especially extraordinary when planted alongside flowers such as the Alaska Shasta daisy, Hakone White balloon flower, Blue Cap sea holly, and the Magnus Superior echinacea.
Large Yellow (Digitalis grandiflora)
A tough, sturdy plant, the Large Yellow Foxglove blooms in July and August on stems that grow up to three feet high. They consist of butter-yellow, bell-shaped petals that grow nicely with Oriental poppies. They prefer moist soil but will grow in some shaded areas that don’t get much water.
Milk Chocolate (Digitalis parviflora)
A true perennial, this flower contains dark green leaves with deep veins and chocolate-colored or deep-red petals that bloom from June to August. They grow up to two feet in height, they are winter-hardy to zone 5, and their spikes exhibit a truly elegant appearance.
Monstrosa (Digitalis purpurea)
These flowers grow four to five feet high and can come in pink, purple, cream, or white. The plant is also known as the Gloxinia Foxglove and is usually either biennial or short-term perennial. They are sturdy and striking as well as winter-hardy to zone 4.
Pantaloons (Digitalis purpurea “Pam’s Split”)
These are the first “split-flower” Foxgloves with white blooms that are split on the sides and white-and-burgundy interiors with specks of burgundy. The splits create four even sides and they grow up to four feet tall. They bloom in late spring and early summer and produce many more stems than most other Foxgloves. They are winter-hardy to zone 4, and if you plant them early enough, they will bloom in the very first year.
These are true perennials that bloom a very long time and they consist of three and a half-inch-long stems that contain richly colored flowers that are packed tightly and evenly spaced. They bloom from Spring until the Fall and they can grow up to 40 inches high. With speckled white dots, these are attractive flowers that are winter-hardy to zone 4.
Polka-Dot Petra Hybrid
With soft rose petals, these tubular flowers open up to reveal an interior that is creamy white and dotted with specks of mahogany. It is a true perennial plant and blooms a long time. It is so named because it is believed to have been brought into the ancient city of Petra in southern Jordan, which was carved out of rose-colored sandstone.
Polka-Dot Polly Hybrid
With large, deep pink-apricot petals and a growth of up to 42 inches, this type of foxglove blooms from late spring into fall. The plants themselves can grow up to three feet in height and it is winter-hardy to zone 4.
Hardy in zones 4-8, these rose-colored flowers bloom in late spring and grow to 30 inches in height. They also grow well in full sun and partial shade so you can plant them almost anywhere.
Introduced in 2015, this Foxglove flower is a perennial with dark pink or red petals. It is beautiful in vases and is also well-suited to containers.
Snow Thimble (Digitalis purpurea)
As the name suggests, these flowers are white both inside and out and they bloom in late spring and summer. The plants get up to four feet high and have spikes of three to four inches long. Winter-hardy to zone 4, the Snow Thimble is a beautiful highlight to flowers with darker colors and they are especially attractive when planted alongside flowers such as the Magnus Superior echinacea, Burgundy gaillardia, or the Astolat delphinium.
Straw Foxglove (Digitalis lutea)
A true perennial, this flower has petals that are pale yellow and interiors that contain brown specks. They grow up to three feet high and have glossy green leaves and elegant tubular petals, making them truly unique and eye-catching.
Strawberry (Digitalis x fulva syn. D. x mertonensis)
Unusually elegant, the Strawberry Foxglove is a hybrid resulting from two species that were crossed in the 1800s. They grow up to three feet high and have petals of copper-rose that hummingbirds love. They bloom in late spring and early summer and the deep-green leaves are dense, large, and textured. They tend to be a little more resistant than other Foxgloves to things such as too much sun, mildew, and pests. If you grow the plants in groups of three to five, they produce a lot of visual impact and will attract the attention of anyone nearby. Plant them alongside Red Hobbit columbine for the most aesthetically pleasing view.
Sugar Plum (Digitalis purpurea)
With a height of up to 40 inches, these flowers are bright pink-lavender and have deep wine specks on the inside. They start blooming in early summer and if you cut the main flower spike, the side shoots immediately start to develop and will continue to bloom until September. The biennial plants are winter-hardy to zone 4 and look striking in any garden bed.
Waldigone (Goldcrest Foxglove)
A hybrid, the flower consists of apricot-colored petals with specks of brown in the throats. With shiny evergreen leaves, it is a contrasting beauty and is frequently visited by hummingbirds.
Growing up to four feet high, their blooms are uniquely colored in shades of primrose yellow and light chartreuse. They are a biennial and bloom in May, June, and July. The Yellow Spear Foxglove is a European heirloom whose unique colors are truly striking.
The Advantages of Growing Foxglove Flowers
Whether you use the dried powder, tinctures, grains, infusions, or extracts, the Foxglove offers numerous health benefits, including the following.
- Improves overall heart health, including controlling arrhythmias, strengthening the heart muscle tissue, increasing the heart’s efficiency, and helping with hypotension.
- Detoxifies the body and is a great diuretic. This relieves stress on the kidney and helps it excrete excess salts, water, fat, and many toxins, which can result in better metabolism and healthier systems.
- Great treatment for the nervous system. Foxglove can create a soothing effect on your nervous system and reduces the symptoms associated with epilepsy and other manic disorders associated with the nervous system.
- Improves brain health. Since it stimulates blood flow through the blood vessels and capillaries, Foxglove makes it difficult for blood platelets to build up, which can reduce the number of headaches you get. It clears out vessels and ensures that the right amount of oxygen will get to your brain, allowing you to stay sharp and focused.
- Control of bleeding disorders. Because it stimulates coagulation, Foxglove can greatly reduce the amount of bleeding you’re experiencing, making it the perfect solution for women who have difficult periods because of their heavy bleeding.
- Skin care. Foxglove has anti-bacterial and wound-healing capabilities. In fact, the salve of this flower has been used to heal everything from ulcers to boils and even skin inflammations.
- Anti-inflammatory help. Foxglove can be used in creams and salves to help reduce both inflammation and pain in conditions such as gout and arthritis, among others.
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