Digitalis grandiflora

large yellow foxglove

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Outstanding Qualities

The trouble free yellow foxglove is a reliable perennial that produces short spikes of butter yellow flowers in the summer. Like other foxgloves, this one is also not a long lived plant but can be encouraged by cutting back the flower spikes once they are done blooming or allowing to gently self-sow. The soft color and the self-sowing habit make it great for allowing to mix and weave through the garden beds.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but appreciates occasional watering

Wildlife Associations: hummingbirds, bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, black, burgundy

Great Color Partners: cream, lavender, rose, gold

Culture Notes
This perennial foxglove grows best in well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites and clay. Plant it in full sun to light or open shade. Once established it is drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering. After flowering the faded stems can be left to allow seeds to spread or it can be cut to the ground, allowing the basal rosette of foliage to develop.
Geek Notes
Native to central and southern Europe, Turkey, and western Siberia.