Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map