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Foxglove - 4 idiosyncrasies you should know


Foxglove is a typical garden plant. But as beautiful as the thimble is, you have to pay attention to a few things and, above all, you should know the characteristics.

The foxglove, Latin for digitalis, is a very pretty plant to look at. The flowers in particular, with their splendid colors, give every garden a spring-like appearance. To enjoy this variety of colors, the Foxglove needs a well-moist location. For this he only needs moderate summer temperatures, just 20 degrees Celsius are sufficient. But the foxglove also has its pitfalls that every hobby gardener should know.

Peculiarity 1

Foxglove is biennial. This means that it forms a rosette of leaves in the first year and the flowers only in the second year. This leaf rosette is often confused with weeds, so take care here.

Peculiarity 2

Foxglove blooms only after a cold stimulus, the so-called vernalization. This means that it needs a frost period in late winter to be able to flower. If the winter was too mild, the Foxglove may not bloom in the second year either, but wait another year.

Peculiarity 3

Foxglove is poisonous! You have to be particularly careful here when small children are in the garden. The plant can also be fatal to dogs and cats. The poison is not only in bloom, but in all parts of the plant.

Peculiarity 4

You do not have to sow foxglove, it sows itself. So just leave the withered stems.