Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Why it’s in the garden

Foxgloves contain digitalin, derivatives of which are used to treat heart disease.

They are also great for bees and butterflies

Chemical Structure: Digoxin


Tall flower spikes of up to 1.5m tall grow from a low rosette of furry leaves. They flower from June to September.

Care and Maintenance

Foxgloves are biennial, and in the first year only produce a rosette of furry leaves. Try not to weed these out! After the second-year flower spikes go to seed let them dry out and drop their seed to grow the following year.