Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

Family: Plantaginaceae

Countries: Africa, Belgium, Corsica, Czechoslovakia, England, Europe, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Sardegna, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Wales

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora is the botanical name for our naturally occurring, white-flowered form of Digitalis purpurea – the foxglove.  I adore both our pink-flowered foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) and this stunning white-flowered form – they’re two of my favourite plants.  I’ve grown foxgloves in every garden I’ve created; I used to grow foxgloves at my allotment, too; I simply can’t be without these fabulous plants!  I adore Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora flowers’ statuesque, yet natural and relaxed beauty.  I really cherish these plants.

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora thrives in partial and dappled shade.  This foxglove will grow happily in any moist but well drained soil.  When planting these foxgloves, steer clear of sites that are prone to water-logging and boggy ground, as Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora plants don’t want to sit in water.  Once the seeds have germinated and the plants established, Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora plants are pretty drought tolerant.  These plants don’t need to be watered every week, but they do need regular waterings to survive.

This statuesque biennial (my plants sometimes become short-lived perennials and survive for three years) is easily grown from seeds.  In the UK, I’ve found the best time to sow Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora seeds is from May to August.  These seeds need light for germination, so avoid the temptation to bury or cover the seeds with soil; instead sow your seeds on the surface of damp soil or peat-free compost.  You could sow these seeds by simply scattering them over the ground, but for maximum success, (and to grow a greater quantity of plants) sow Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora seeds in trays or containers filled with peat-free compost.

In their first year, Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora seedlings form typical foxglove rosette shaped plants.  In their second year, Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora bloom in June, July, and August, when plants send up stunning spires of flowering stems of snow-white or ivory coloured, tubular flowers.  Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora flowers can grow up to 1.8m (almost 6ft) tall; they really make in impact in the garden!

Plants that were direct sown or self-seeded shouldn’t be moved if at all possible.  If you have to move a Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora plant, lift your plants as soon as possible, ideally in your plant’s first year of growth and water well after transplanting.  If you’ve sown your seeds in containers, plant out your Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora seedlings in their final positions during August or September, and water in after planting.  This will provide your plants with sufficient time to establish themselves ready to flower next year.  Don’t be tempted to move your plants again,  Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora are not fond of being transplanted.

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora are superb plants for bees!  This is a great garden plant that works effortlessly in every style of garden.  Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora enhances cottage gardens, modern gardens, and wildlife gardens.  These plants compliment vibrantly coloured plantings as well as white gardens and pastel coloured planting schemes.

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora is poisonous.

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