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Growing Foxglove

Growing Foxglove

Candy Mountain Mix


Hardy biennials with large spikes of attractive flowers and wrinkled, hairy leaves. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Plants are hardy in zones 4 to 9. Transplant seedlings or potted plants outdoors in spring after the danger of frost has passed. Plant slightly deeper than when grown in pots. Seed can be started indoors 9 to 11 weeks before outdoor planting time. Press seed into the surface of the soil and do not cover.


Best performance in part shade, but tolerates full sun. For moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils and prefers soil high in organic matter. May reseed if some flower spikes are left in the garden. Deadheading promotes reblooming and longevity.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other perennials with attractive flower spikes include Delphinum, Echium, and Liatris. 

Complimentary Products

Low to moderate feeders, Foxglove benefits from occasional fertilization. Other perennials for part shade include Eupatorium, Heuchera, and Rocket Ligularia (13050).

Foxglove Facts

Usually untroubled by pests. Aphids, Japanese beetles, mealybugs, slugs, leaf spot, and powdery mildew sometimes attack plants. Foxglove is also called Digitalis and is the source of some types of heart medications.  

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