Avg seeds/pkt 1000
Foxgloves are shade-loving biennials worth the wait. First-year growth amounts to rosettes of dull, lance-shaped leaves. All is forgiven by the following Summer when stalks of bells in shades of purple and deep-pink are hosts to hummingbirds for a good 10 weeks, maybe more.
Sow Digitalis outdoors in Spring after last frost, in dappled or full shade and rich, well-drained soil. The miniscule seeds should be scattered on a seed bed, and tamped down lightly, but not covered. Water gently. Germination takes 2–3 weeks at soil temps around 65°F.
Thin or transplant to 12 inches apart when young plants are the size of your hand and the first Fall frost is still a couple of months away. The following year, mature plants can reach 3–5 feet tall and 14 inches wide.
Sow foxglove seed two years in a row for a steady supply of self-sowing plants for years to come.
Like so many cottage garden plants, Foxglove leaves contain an historically significant medicinal substance, which can be toxic. Do not eat them.
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