How to Protect Foxglove, Greek

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Foxglove, Greek (Digitalis lanata) grows in Eastern Europe. It is a biennial/perennial that has leaves all year long and flowers bloom in June and July. The flowers are brown, bronze, cream or tan in color and bloom best in sun to partial shade. The plant grows between 13 and 26 inches tall. Grecian foxglove can survive just fine through the winter but, for the best growth, it's best to protect it from freezing temperatures and pests.

Step 1

Plant common foxglove in the late spring or early summer to give it time to become strong enough to survive winter. This will ensure that it will bloom again the following year. If you live in a mild climate, plant the seeds in the fall.

Step 2

Loosen the soil with garden tools such as a hoe. Place seeds about 1/4 inch deep into the planting bed and cover with soil. Keep the soil packed loosely so the sunlight can germinate the seeds.

Step 3

Keep the soil relatively moist. Add water if it feels like it's drying out, approximately every two to three days.

Step 4

Protect foxgloves from freezing temperatures by adding a layer of mulch or straw on top of the bed. Concentrate it around the crowns of the plants.

Step 5

Keep slugs and snails away from Grecian foxglove. You can tell they're attacking the plant if there are ragged holes in the flowers or leaves.

Step 6

Place shallow saucers of beer out in the garden to attract and drown the pests. You may also choose to pick them off by hand at twilight.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • Seeds
  • Mulch or straw
  • Saucers
  • Beer


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Keywords: Grecian foxglove, Foxglove, Greek, Digitalis lanata

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