The wild variety of this popular hardy biennial herb is used in modern medicine to strengthen the heart. As a poisonous plant it is grown only as an ornamental in shady areas of the garden where the purple tubular flowers provide food for bees and insects.
- Attracts bees and insects
- Good plants for shadier areas
- Used in modern medicine
William Withering, an English physician and botanist first described the effects of foxglove extract on diseases such as dropsy in the eighteenth century. It was in Denmark that digitalis leaves were tested for cardiac glycoside activity in the nineteenth century and standardised powder used in tinctures, infusions and tablets.
- Height: 30-60cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Shade
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Purple
- Flowering period: May-September
Foxgloves prefer growing in dappled shade and though not too fussy on soil type, they like a well-drained moist soil, they don't cope well with soils that are either too wet or too dry. In areas of the UK where they grow wild, it is in places with high rainfall, but growing in spots with adequate drainage. As biennials they flower, set seed and die in their second year and so it is worth planting them two years on the trot for continuous flowering each year; the initial foxgloves will have self-seeded and be putting on their first year of leaf growth, whilst the ones planted in the second year will be flowering.
The foxglove is a poisonous plant and shouldn’t be ingested in any form, nor medicines made from it. It contains compounds which act directly on the heart muscle by increasing output and which are used by the medical profession for patients with congenital heart failure. Don’t let this put you off growing this attractive herb – it is loved by bees and other pollinating insects.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.