Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name

Genus: Digitalis

Specie: D. purpurea


English Name:

Floxglove: from Latin digitus (finger)

Common Name

Foxglove: Dead Man's Bells, Witch's glove

Botanical Family

Name in Latin: Plantaginaceae (formerly placed in Scrophulariaceae)

Name in English: Plantain Family

The Plant

Origin: Western and southwestern Europe

Growth Habit: herbaceous, biennial

Flower: arranged in showy clusters (terminal and elongated): flowers is tubular and pendent: corolla is spotted inside the tube.

Blooming Period: summer

Leaf: spirally arranged , simple - long broad, glandular hairs. forms a tight rosette at ground level (first year)


useful for adding line: When used in an arrangement will make all other flowers last longer ( natural preservative in sap).

Care and Handling

Lasting Quality: up to 14 days

Amount of water: moderate

Nutrition: natural preservative

Special handling: foliage can cause skin irritation , use caution and gloves when handling

Special feature/remarks:

Entire plant is toxic: including roots and seeds: just a nibble of the leaves from the upper stem can be enough to cause death. Drying does not reduce risk of dying. Toxic to all animals, human, livestock, canine and feline.