Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Also known as
Digitalis Purpurea 'Alba'
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1 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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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!
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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.
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Other uses of White-Flowered Foxglove
This low maintenance plant suits almost every style of garden but in particular woodland or wildlife friendly gardens.