rusty foxglove

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
Family Plantaginaceae
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


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