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Wands of bell-shaped flowers ascend from a broad, woolly basal rosette. This common cottage garden flower has an important role in the manufacture of heart medicine.

Latin Name

Digitalis purpurea



Also Known As

Lady's Glove

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

May - June


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 5'
Max spread Max Spread: 2.5'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Deer
  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Do not ingest Do not ingest
    Harmful to pets Harmful to pets


    Native Range



    In 1787, Washington received a packet of foxglove seeds from the Rev. William Gordon, who wrote that "The gentlewoman who has favoured me with the seeds, is fond of the digitalis as a cure for the dropsy, & therefore has sent some of the seed: but from what I have been told, it is so violent & so little to be depended upon in a general way, that I should not choose to make trial of it."

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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