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Digitalis ferruginea - L.

Common Name Rusty Foxglove
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[7, 65].
Habitats Woods, grassy clearings, rocky slopes and scrub to 2700 metres[50, 187].
Range S. and S.E. Europe to W. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Digitalis ferruginea Rusty Foxglove


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Digitalis ferruginea Rusty Foxglove
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Summary

Bloom Color: Red. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Digitalis ferruginea is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a medium rate. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

D. aurea.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Cardiac;  Stimulant;  Tonic.

The leaves are cardiac, stimulant and tonic[46, 61]. They are often used in the treatment of certain heart complaints.

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden. An easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil, especially if it is rich in organic matter[1]. It also succeeds in dry soils and, once established, is drought tolerant[188, 190]. It prefers semi-shade but succeeds in full sun if the soil is moist[188, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[187]. This species is a short-lived perennial[187] and is best grown as a biennial[188]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer and rabbits[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Suitable for cut flowers.

Propagation

Seed - surface sow early spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 20°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Another report says that the seed is best sown in the autumn[188].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Digitalis grandifloraLarge Yellow Foxglove02
Digitalis laevigata 02
Digitalis lanataGrecian Foxglove04
Digitalis luteaYellow Foxglove, Straw foxglove04
Digitalis purpureaFoxglove, Purple foxglove, Common Foxglove04

 

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