Page author: David Giblin
Digitalis purpurea
purple foxglove
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Montana in the west, and Wisconsin to Maine, south to west Virginia, in eastern United States.

Habitat: Widespread and common near roads, sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Robust, unbranched biennial, 5-18 dm. tall, puberulent throughout and glandular upward.


Leaves alternate, oblong-ovate, the lower 1.5-5 dm. long including the petiole, and 3-12 cm. wide, with small, rounded teeth; cauline leaves well-developed, reduced upward.


Inflorescence an elongate, terminal, one-sided, leafy-bracteate raceme, the bracts entire and unlike the foliage leaves; pedicels 6-20 mm. long; calyx of 5 distinct sepals, foliaceous, 1-1.8 cm. long; corolla 4-6 cm. long, pink to purple, broadly tubular, the 5 lobes much reduced, the lowest the largest, the lower side paler and spotted; stamens 4; stigmas 2, flattened.


Capsule with numerous, minute seeds.

Accepted Name:
Digitalis purpurea L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 621-622. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Digitalis purpurea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Digitalis purpurea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Digitalis purpurea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Digitalis purpurea photos.

USDA Plants: Digitalis purpurea information.

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