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

close up ofpurple foxglove flowers
Chemical Structure: Digoxin
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.