With their speckled bell-shaped blooms, foxgloves are one of our best-loved wildflowers. They have long been associated with magic and folklore, and are adored by bumblebees!
Foxgloves can grow up to 150cm tall, and are happy in sun or partial shade.
Please note: All parts of foxgloves are poisonous, including their petals and seeds. Please wash your hands thoroughly after handling foxglove seeds or plants, and never let children play with them.
How to grow foxgloves
Foxglove seeds are typically best sown outdoors in April or May.
The foxglove is a biennial wildflower, meaning it has a two-year life cycle. In the first year the plant develops roots and foliage, and in the second year it flowers (during the summer), then sets seed and dies.
So for example - if you sow your seeds during April 2021, the plants should flower during summer 2022.
Foxgloves do well both in sun and partial shade (for example, at the edge of a woodland).
Choose a level spot. Clear any weeds, dig over the soil, break up large lumps and rake flat.
You can then either sprinkle your foxglove seeds thinly across the ground, or sow them in rows. Sowing in rows will make it easier to keep track of where they are, so you can weed around them as necessary.
Just bear in mind that foxglove seeds are *tiny*. To help you sow your seeds as evenly as possible, try mixing them with completely dry sand. Damp sand won't work!
Press or rake the seeds in gently, but don't completely cover with earth or compost (they need some light to germinate).
Water regularly, and as the seedlings grow, thin them out to 5cm apart.