Foxglove - Digitalis

Common Names: Foxglove, Digitalis, Lady's Glove, Fairy Bells.

Botanical names: Digitalis purpurea

Availability: Summer

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 34 - 36 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Tubular or bell-shaped flowers, often described as glove-like, which is the inspiration for the name "foxglove." Flowers grow in a dense, elongated cluster that can be up to 4 feet long. Each cluster can contain dozens of individual flowers.

Color: Pink, Purple, Red, White, and Yellow. The flowers have speckles or spots on the inside, which are often darker in color than the main petal.

Botanical facts: Foxglove was the original source for the heart drug, digitalis. All parts of the foxglove plant are toxic to animals and people.

Design notes: Foxglove flowers are tall and stately, making them ideal for adding vertical interest and drama to floral arrangements. They are well suited for vegetative style design.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when 50% of the flowers in a cluster are open.

Conditioning: Cut stem ends with as sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Remember that all parts of the foxglove are toxic, so keep them out of reach of children and pets.