Foxgloves are an old fashioned flower for pollinator and cut flower gardens. These beautiful flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds. When planting foxglove seeds, place seeds on top of the soil as they require light to germinate. All parts of this plant are poisonous, including the seeds. Exercise extreme caution around children and pets. The purchaser assumes all liability relating to the use of this product.

Seed pack contents: .5G Sows about 35’

Botanical name: Digitalis purpurea

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Foxglove is a stunning plant that produces tall flowering spikes in June. Transplanting is recommended as seeds are very small. Start seed in early spring and transplant out once the plant has four sets of true leaves.

Zones 4-8

  • Grown as annual. Start seed indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Transplant out after the danger of frost is gone.

Planting Foxglove Seeds

  • Transplanting Foxglove is recommended. Foxglove seeds are very small and should be sown on the surface of the soil. Do not cover the seed with soil as it needs light to germinate. Instead, sprinkle the seeds on the surface of moist high quality seed starting soil, press gently, and mist lightly. Be careful not to displace seeds by watering with a strong steam of water. Bottom watering with a tray is a good alternative. After the seed has germinated, allow for several weeks of growth before you harden off the plant by moving it outside in good weather. Foxglove can be transplanted out when it is 4-5” tall and healthy.
  • If you decide to direct sow, follow the same instructions as transplanting. Direct sowing is only successful in areas with long growing seasons. Most areas of Zones 9 and 10 would qualify.

Growing Foxglove

  • This old fashioned flower works well in woodland and wildflower gardens. Easy to grow and makes an excellent cut flower. In areas of extreme heat, the plant will enjoy part shade. Foxgloves like moist soil. Water or irrigate regularly.

Growing Foxglove in Containers

  • If you are planting Foxglove in containers, make sure your container is at least 10” deep. We do not recommend planting more than one plant per container as they can get large. Overcrowding will cause the plant to be unhappy and provide fewer blooms. The larger the container, the more blooms you will get. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.

Harvesting Foxglove Flowers

  • Foxglove flowers are tall and stunning in arrangements. Harvest when the lower ½ of the blooms on the spike have opened. The rest of the blooms will open after harvest. Harvest flowers early in the morning and put directly in a vase of room temperature water for the longest lasting blooms.

Southern California Pro-tips

  • In Zones 9 and 10, Foxglove can be direct sown, however, transplanting is recommended.
  • Mulch heavily around the base of the plants to keep in moisture and keep the soil cool.
  • DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease.

Companion Flowers/Crops

Additional Learning Resources

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