How To Grow Foxglove, One Of The Most Graceful Flowers In Your Garden

In addition to their beauty, foxglove is actually resistant to damage from deer!

February 14, 2018
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Early summer blooming foxglove grows best in Plant Hardiness Zones 4-8. Their graceful upright appearance grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet, with a 2 foot spread. Colors range from shades of whites and yellows, to purples and pinks. Foxgloves need full sun to part shade to grow properly, and they do best in moist, well drained soil.

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Foxglove plants are resistant to deer and rabbits. All parts of foxgloves are poisonous, so the deer snub them. Most nurseries carry the variety 'Foxy', which blooms the first year from seed but lacks the grace of the 4-to-6-foot cottage-garden biennial. Look for Excelsior Hybrids or other tall types.

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Sow foxglove seeds in a pot anytime in spring. In late summer, plant them in well-drained soil in part shade. They'll go dormant, then revive to bloom dramatically the following June. Let some seeds ripen on the stalk to harvest or self-sow. The fading flowers make this an awkward stage, so plan ahead with good-looking companions such as perennial geraniums, hardy begonias (Begonia grandis), or ferns.