Harvest when approximately 50% of the flowers are open.
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.