Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Foxglove

This first year flowering perennial foxglove received high scores in German trials.  It ranked well due to its strong growth habit, floridity, and intensely colored flowers. 

Deep lavender purple flowers with heavily spotted maroon throats are produced all the way around the stems in early summer.  The basal foliage forms a compact clump and the plants are well-branched.

Digitalis forms large rosettes of downy, green, oblong leaves from which numerous flower spikes emerge. It looks especially nice when planted along fences, at the wood's edge, or in large containers.

Breeder: Kieft-Pro Seeds

Origin: Not Native to North America


  2-3 Feet
  1 Feet
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Foxglove prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soil that is enriched with humus. Keeping this plant watered will result in better flowering and healthier foliage. In most climates, partial shade is best, though it will grow in full sun in northern regions.

Propagation is recommended by letting the plant self-seed and using the resulting plantlets. It may also be grown from seed.


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Fun Facts:

The name Digitalis is latin for "finger of a glove", which refers to the shape of the flowers.  This is an important medicinal plant; the powerful drug digitalin is derived from it, which is used as a heart stimulant to treat heart disease.

Foxglove tends to grow on slopes where fox's burrows are found, hence the "fox."

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.