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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    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.

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    Latin Name

    Digitalis purpurea


    Family

    Plantaginaceae


    Also Known As

    Lady's Glove ,


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 5'
    Max Spread: 2.5'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbird

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest
    Harmful to pets

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe


    History

    Washington received seeds of foxglove from his friend William Gordon in 1787.


    Other Details

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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