Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea


Medium to tall, leafy, hairy plant to 1.5 metres. Stems generally unbranched. Flowers pink, purple (or ocasionally white), patterned with darker spots or rings inside and borne in a spike. Flowers are 40 to 55 mm long, tubular bell shaped, hairy on lower lip inside.

Identification difficulty

Open woodland and scrub.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History

Biennial or short lived perennial.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but rather localised in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 178 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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