How to Protect Foxglove, Common White

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Common white foxglove or digitalis alba is a biennial that grows in sunny to medium-shade areas. It does best in soil that has been mixed with well-rotted manure and generous amounts of compost. The plants produce large flower stalks that range from three to four feet tall and bloom from late April to June. The bright, white tubular flowers grow out of deep green foliage. In order to achieve the best growth, protect your common white foxglove from freezing weather and insects.

Step 1

Plant common white foxglove in the late spring or early summer to give it time to become strong enough to survive winter.

Step 2

Loosen the soil with tools such as a garden hoe. Place seeds about a one-fourth of an inch deep into the planting bed and cover with soil. Keep the soil loose because the seeds need sunlight to germinate.

Step 3

Touch the soil daily to check the moisture content. If needs to be kept relatively moist, so add water if it feels like it's drying out. Expect to water the plant about every two to three days.

Step 4

Add a layer of straw or mulch on top of common white foxglove as winter sets in. This will protect the plant from freezing temperatures, so it can bloom again next year.

Step 5

Watch for ragged holes in the flowers and leaves, indicating that snails or slugs are eating the plants. If you see them, place shallow saucers of beer out to attract and drown the insects. If you prefer, pick them off by hand at twilight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Foxglove is poisonous if consumed by humans.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Straw or mulch
  • Saucers
  • Beer


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Keywords: Digitalis alba, Common white foxglove, compost

About this Author

Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.

Photo by: Katie-Rose/