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Dusty Foxglove Digitalis obscura

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
dig-ee-TAH-liss ob-SKEW-ruh
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Willow Leaf Foxglove is a woody perennial foxglove from Spain which is unmistakable from other foxgloves with its yellowy-orange flowers and darker net-like veining and spots on the inside petals. It blooms spring to early summer and is a good choice for drier climates and poor soils. Tolerates most soils except wet clay.

The attractive brown and yellow bell-like flowers have upright woody stems and lily-like leaves which are also ornamental. It attracts a variety of hummingbirds and bees. Plant in full or partial sun in lean-to average garden soils and water deeply but not too frequently. Wet winter soils can be fatal. Dead-heading can reduce reseeding.

Fairly trouble-free, but watch out for southern blight, anthracnose, and fungal leaf spots.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#poisonous#full sun#late spring#orange#early summer#spring#easy to grow#copper#low maintenance#dry soil tolerant#ornamentals#part shade#vibrant#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#poisonous#full sun#late spring#orange#early summer#spring#easy to grow#copper#low maintenance#dry soil tolerant#ornamentals#part shade#vibrant#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Digitalis
    Species:
    obscura
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in medicine as a diuretic and to treat heart conditions
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Spain, Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Spikes of 1.5 inch tubular, burnt-orange flowers with red speckling inside
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Long, narrow, leathery, gray-green leaves form a basal rosette, which extends to just below the first flowers
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Children
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as sometimes resulting in xanthopsia (jaundiced or yellow vision) and the appearance of blurred outlines (halos), drooling, abnormal heart rate, cardiac arrhythmias, weakness, collapse, dilated pupils, tremors, seizures, and even death
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    glycosides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Stems