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Common Name: Foxglove, Digitalis
Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea (di-ji-TAL-is pur-pur-EE-a or per-PU-re-a)
Decorative Life: 10-14 days.
Post Harvest Care
- Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
- Powdery mildew is often found on leaves and should be avoided. Pollinated flowers rapidly produce ethylene and die and/or fall off in proportion to the amount of pollen: the more pollen, the faster the flowers die. Therefore, anti-ethylene products are a must and both the ethylene synthesis (AVG & AOA) and action (MCP & STS) types work.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when approximately 50% of the flowers are open.
- Member of the Scrophulariaceae (figwort family).
- Native to the Mediterranean region.
- Common relatives include snapdragon, Penstemon, Nemesia, Veronica and Calceolaria.
- Tubular or bell-shaped flowers to 2 inches long occur in dense one-sided spikes at stem ends.
- Stems are 24-36 inches long.
- Plant is a herbaceous biennial or perennial, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- Flowers are not fragrant.
Flower Color: Pink, yellow, white, red, purple, often with speckled throat.
Storage Specifics: 34-36 F, up to 5 days in water.
- From the Latin "digitus" (finger) referring to the shape of the flowers.
- The specific epithet name "purpurea" means purple, in reference to the common flower color of this species.
- Original source for the heart drug, digitalis. Many species in this 3000 plus species family are grown for ornamental and medicinal purposes including slipperwort, speedwell, mullein, bearded-tongue, foxglove, snapdragon, toadflax, monkey-flower, cape-fuchsia, coral-plant, nemesia, and blue-lips.
- Has become naturalized and weedy in some areas, most growing as a biennial.
- All plant parts are poisonous.