Plant Care Digitalis Purpurea

Digitalis Purpurea

About Digitalis Purpurea

Foxglove is a European import with tall, bold blooms in many colors. It prefers moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter. Foxglove does best with afternoon shade. It is a biennial, having only a rosette of leaves the first year. The second-year a tall spike appears with showy blooms.


Digitalis purpurea

Also known as

Common Foxglove, Common Foxglove, Foxglove, Purple foxglove and Lady's glove

How to care for Digitalis Purpurea


How often to water your Digitalis Purpurea

Water needs for Digitalis Purpurea
0.5 cups
every 9

Digitalis Purpurea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Digitalis Purpurea

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Foxglove in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Digitalis Purpurea: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Digitalis Purpurea love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Digitalis Purpurea does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Digitalis Purpurea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Digitalis Purpurea: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Digitalis Purpurea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Digitalis Purpurea is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Digitalis Purpurea

Digitalis Purpurea

Digitalis Purpurea

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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