Plant Care Purple Foxglove

Purple Foxglove

About Purple Foxglove

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 Purple Foxglove


How often to water your Purple Foxglove

Water needs for Purple Foxglove
0.5 cups
every 9

Purple Foxglove 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 Purple Foxglove

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Foxglove in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple Foxglove: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Purple Foxglove love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Purple Foxglove does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Purple Foxglove

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Purple Foxglove: 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 Purple Foxglove after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Purple Foxglove 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
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Purple Foxglove

Purple Foxglove

Purple Foxglove

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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