Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

About

The charismatic, pink flower spikes of Foxgloves are famous as both a reminder of the hazy days of summer and of their deadly poisonous nature. The high flower stems are only produced in the plant's second year and can be seen between June and September. Foxgloves can be found in woodlands and gardens, and on moorlands, coastal cliffs, roadside verges and waste ground.

How to identify

Foxgloves have large, flat leaves that form the base of the plant, and tall, upright flower spikes. The tube-shaped, pink flowers arranged around the stem are unmistakeable and open in sequence from the bottom up.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Like many of our native plants, Foxgloves are an excellent source of nectar and pollen for all kinds of insects including bumblebees, moths and Honey Bees. To encourage wildlife into your garden, try planting native flower species in your borders to provide a 'nectar-cafe' for bees and butterflies. To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Foxglove
Latin name
Digitalis purpurea
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 1.5m
Conservation status
Common.