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Foxglove Seeds

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9.186 STEEM 11.482 STEEM
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Foxglove is a gorgeous, dramatic cut flower and a favorite choice in cottage and forest gardens. It is best known for its distinctive, tall spike of bell-shaped magenta flowers, reaching up to 6 feet. Foxglove (notably the native species, digitalis purpurea) is also a source of medicine, a dye plant, and a natural floral preservative.

Foxglove – Digitalis purpurea

Life cycle: Biennial / Ease of propagation: Difficult / Hardiness zone: 4-8

Foxglove is a gorgeous, dramatic cut flower and a favorite choice in cottage and forest gardens. It is best known for its distinctive, tall spike of bell-shaped magenta flowers, reaching up to 6 feet. Foxglove (notably the native species, digitalis purpurea) is also a source of medicine, a dye plant, and a natural floral preservative.

In medicine, foxglove is used for the treatment of cardiac disorders. The plant contains cardiac glycosides (digoxin, digitoxin and lanatosides). It enables the heart to beat more slowly, powerfully and regularly without requiring more oxygen. Digitalis purpurea is more commonly used by herbalists whereas Digitalis lanata is extracted for prescription drugs. From WebMD: “Chemicals taken from foxglove are used to make a prescription drug called digoxin. These chemicals can increase the strength of heart muscle contractions, change heart rate, and increase heart blood output. Digitalis lanata is the major source of digoxin in the US.” *Caution: all parts of foxglove is poisonous. Because the therapeutic dose is very close to the lethal dose it should not be used as a home remedy or for self-medication.

Foxglove flowers create an apple-green dye and an infusion of the plant can be used as a natural floral preservative (careful to keep out of reach of children).

Foxglove is also deer resistant and a good companion plant as it will help nearby roots to store better and stimulate the growth of nearby plants. It naturalizes easily. Foxglove likes semi-shade and acidic soil (near pine trees).

Sowing Instructions

Surface sow seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost. Do not cover seed as light is required for germination. Mist lightly to avoid displacing seeds but keep soil moist. Thin and transplant seedlings into larger containers after first set of true leaves appear. Harden off and plant out after last frost at 12″ apart.

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