foxglove

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foxglove:

see figwortfigwort,
common name for some members of the Scrophulariaceae, a family comprising chiefly herbs and small shrubs and distributed widely over all continents. The family includes a few climbing types and some parasitic and saprophytic forms.
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foxglove

any Eurasian scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Digitalis, esp D. purpurea, having spikes of purple or white thimble-like flowers. The soft wrinkled leaves are a source of digitalis
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Digitalis purpurea, being native seems to thrive anywhere, even in that most difficult of situations, dry shade.
Good choices include the pure white Cosmos 'Purity', Digitalis purpurea 'Alba', the white foxglove, and Cerastium Tomentosum 'Silver Carpet' (snow-in-summer), a vigorous mat-forming perennial which produces silvery white woolly foliage and a mass of pure white flowers when in bloom.
If you want seedlings to colour-match your flowerbeds, note that only the purple stalked seedlings of digitalis purpurea have purple flowers and the others have white.
William Withering was not the first to recognise the medical properties of digitalis purpurea, as the plant is properly called.
Foxgloves of many other kinds and colours are available, many of them bred from that native Digitalis purpurea, but, interesting though they are, I'll leave them for other people's gardens.
Despite its flashy appearance, Digitalis purpurea is surprisingly easy to grow.