Skip to main content
A picture of a White-Flowered Foxglove

White-Flowered Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

Also known as

Digitalis Purpurea 'Alba'

Photo by CandideUK (All rights reserved)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of White-Flowered Foxglove

A photo of White-Flowered Foxglove
A photo of White-Flowered Foxglove

White-Flowered Foxglove Overview

The White Flowered Foxglove is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial that produces tall spires of cream-white to pale yellow, bell-shaped flowers very attractive to insects, particularly bees. This hardy plant provides wonderful height and brightness to most garden situations, growing with a bushy habit. It also grows happily in wild woodland, coping with both full sunshine and partially shaded conditions well. Botanically known as Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora, it has also been listed as Digitalis purpurea f. alba and Digitalis purpurea 'Alba' and is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with White-Flowered Foxglove

How to harvest White-Flowered Foxglove

Flower spikes can be cut just as the 1st flowers start to open. Soak the stem in cold water overnight, having cut diagonally across the stem. Harvest seeds from seed head after flowering (will also self-seed).

How to propagate White-Flowered Foxglove


In early spring - undercover, sow seeds in trays or pots filled with moist seed compost, scatter seeds on the surface and do not cover as they require light to germinate. Keep between 15 - 20C, and germination should occur in 14 - 21 days. When two leaves have appeared, seedlings can be pricked out into plug trays or small pots and grown on undercover. Harden off and plant out in summer or early autumn. Outdoors - In early summer, scatter fresh seed onto a clean, prepared and watered seedbed and gently rake the surface. Transplant seedling into their desired growing position when large enough to handle. Alternatively, allow seed heads to ripen on the plant and self-seed. These seedlings can be transplanted when young.

Special features of White-Flowered Foxglove

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Other uses of White-Flowered Foxglove

This low maintenance plant suits almost every style of garden but in particular woodland or wildlife friendly gardens.

White Flowering Summer Plants

Explore all