Digitalis ferruginea (rusty foxglove) produces a beautiful spire of multicolored flowers with rusty veins in the summer that are attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds.
In the fall, seed heads provide a food source for birds in addition to visual interest and structure. D. ferrunginea is toxic to humans and mammals which makes it resistant to mammalian herbivory.
|Botanical Name||Digitalis ferruginea|
|Common Name||rusty foxglove|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall, winter|
|Height and Spread||3-5ft x 1-1.5ft (90-150cm x 30-45cm)|
|Flower Color||Creamy Yellow to Orange to Pale brown|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: S. Europe, Hungary, Balkans, Turkey, Lebanon, Caucasus|
|Location in Lurie Garden||North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, Northeast Light Plate|