Today’s guest blogger is Anne Furlong, an intern in the IMA’s Horticulture Department.
The foxglove, simply stated, is a beautiful flower. It caught my eye earlier this week while walking through the Four Seasons Garden, located just west of Garden Terrace. This striking flower is in the genus Digitalis, a name that means finger-like. The plants ‘finger-like’ flowers give the appearance of fingers of a glove, hence the name Foxglove.
There are over 20 species in the genus Digitalis. All have flowers that are alternately arranged on tall flower spikes. Interestingly the flowers, which are spotted on the inside, only bloom on one side of the flower stalk. This unique member of the Plantaginaceae family is typically biennial but some are perennial. These towering, tubular blossoms will naturalize and create a nice grouping if grown in suitable conditions.
Digitalis love full sun to partial shade and soils that are rich in organic matter. They perform best when soil is moist, but do not like being constantly wet. A note of caution, all parts of this plant are poisonous. Bees and hummingbirds however are attracted to the Digitalis flowers.
Though Foxglove tend to not bloom for prolonged periods of time, I believe they are definitely worth the wait and would be a lovely addition to any garden!
Take a peek at some of the Foxglove photos or stop by the IMA Gardens to see them for yourself!