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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common foxglove bloody bells
bloody finger cow flop dead man's bells dead men's bells dog's lugs dragon's mouth fairy bells fairy fingers fairy gloves fairy thimbles fairy's cap fairy's petticoat fairy's thimble finger flower flap dock folk's gloves fox finger gloves of Mary lady's fingers lady's gloves lady's thimble lion's mouth lusmore lustmore pop dock thimble finger thimble flower throat root witches' bells witches' fingers witches' gloves witches' thimbles
Digitalis can be biennials or usually short-lived perennials forming a rosette of simple leaves with bell-shaped flowers in slender, erect, usually one-sided racemes
D. purpurea is a biennial or short-lived perennial, freely self-sowing, with a rosette of softly hairy, oval leaves and tall, one-sided spires of pendant, tubular, bright rosy-purple flowers 6cm long, spotted within, in summer
Toxicity Highly toxic by ingestion
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in almost any soil,but avoid very wet or very dry situations. Prefers a humus-rich soil in partial shade but will grow in full sun. Deadhead after flowering to avoid problems with excess numbers of seedlings.
Propagate by seed sown in-situ in late spring. Alternatively sow in seed trays in late spring and plant out to final position in late summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow
Pruning Cut back after flowering
Pests Can get aphids and leaf and bud eelworms
May be affected by leaf spots and powdery mildew
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