Re: Foxglove

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Posted by Newt on May 18, 2003 at 11:37:25:

In Reply to: Re: Foxglove posted by Amy on May 17, 2003 at 22:38:41:

: : I purchased 3 plants from the nursery last season which appeared to do well (but no flowers). As this is a biennial I fully expected it to come back this year and flower. To date most of the perennials in my garden are making their appearance but still no sign of life on the foxglove. Is it too early or are they not coming back?

: I can always find what I'm looking for on this site. I also purchased a foxglove last year. I'm confused. When I purchased it they were listed as a perennial. They are also listed in my gardening book as a perennial, but you message and a friend said it's a biennial. Can someone please clarify what exactly is a biennial? I've gotten different answers. Also, should I expect my foxglove to bloom again. So far I've not seen any of this plant grow. Thanks~

Hi Amy,
It can be confusing because there are both perennial and biennial foxgloves. The perennial ones are either strawberry foxglove - Digitalis mertonensis or the yellow foxglove - Digitalis grandiflora. The digitalis purpurea is the biennial one. You can do a search at and put the name (preferably the botanical one) in quotes like this: "Digitalis grandiflora". If you click on 'Web' you'll get descriptive info and maybe pictures if you click on 'Images' you'll get pictures.

I've grown them all and do prefer the larger and more floriferous blooms of the bienniel purpurea.

Hope this helped,

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