Dalmatian Purple Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple'

Family: Foxglove

Type: Perennial

Dalmatian Purple Foxglove is a stunning perennial known for its striking purple blooms. It adds a touch of elegance and vertical interest to any garden.

This variety is prized for its fast-growing nature and early flowering. It often blooms in its first year, which is uncommon for foxgloves.

The bell-shaped flowers, arranged on tall spikes, are a magnet for bees and hummingbirds. Their presence in the garden encourages biodiversity and pollination.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4a-8a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 4

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 2

Form: Towering


Flower Color: Purple

Secondary Flower Color: White

Flower Shape: Tubular

Bloom Season: From late spring to mid summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Pointy

Landscaping Your Yard With Dalmatian Purple Foxglove

Dalmatian Purple Foxglove is perfect for adding height to your garden beds and borders. Its tall, slender spikes stand out among other plants.

These foxgloves blend beautifully in mixed perennial borders. Their purple hues complement a wide range of other flower colors.

Use them to create a naturalized woodland look or a formal garden feature. They are versatile enough to fit into various garden designs.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves are ideal for cottage gardens, where their height and color add to the charming, informal abundance. They pair well with other traditional cottage garden plants like roses and lavender.

Woodland Garden

In a woodland garden setting, Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves can create a sense of enchantment. Their natural affinity for dappled shade makes them perfect under tree canopies or alongside ferns.

Formal Garden

Their structured, upright growth makes them suitable for more formal gardens as well. Planting them in rows or patterns can add a sense of order and sophistication to these spaces.

Dalmatian Purple Foxglove Landscaping Ideas

Plant in groups to maximize visual impact. Clusters of Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves can create an impressive display of color and form.

They work well as a backdrop for lower-growing plants. Their height can help highlight other flowers and foliage in the front.

Consider them for a moon garden. Their light purple color and white accents glow in the moonlight, creating a magical evening garden.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves begin to grow their foliage. The leaves form a low rosette, setting the stage for the flower spikes that will soon emerge.


Summer is when these foxgloves shine. The tall spikes of purple flowers are in full bloom, creating a striking and elegant display in the garden.


As fall approaches, the flowers of Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves will fade. The plant prepares for dormancy, but its foliage can still provide some interest in the garden.


In winter, Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves die back to the ground. The plant conserves its energy below the surface, preparing for the next growth cycle in spring.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Dalmatian Purple Foxglove flourishes in a spot with partial sun to light shade. Ideal locations are those with morning sun and afternoon shade, which protect it from the harsh midday heat.


These foxgloves prefer a balance of sun and shade. Too much sun can scorch the leaves, while too much shade can hinder flowering. A spot with dappled sunlight is perfect.


Well-drained, moist, and rich soil is ideal for Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves. They thrive in slightly acidic to neutral pH soil. Enrich the soil with compost or organic matter to support their growth.


Space plants about 12 to 18 inches apart. This spacing allows for healthy growth and air circulation, reducing the risk of disease.

When to Plant

Plant in early spring or fall. Cooler temperatures during these seasons help the plants establish their roots without the stress of extreme heat.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Set the plant in, fill the hole with soil, and water well. Adding a layer of mulch can help maintain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Plant Care Tips


Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can promote leaf growth over flowers.


Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms. After flowering, cut back the flower stalks to maintain a tidy appearance.

Spring Care

In spring, remove any winter mulch and apply a balanced fertilizer. Keep an eye out for new growth and water as needed to maintain moist soil.

Summer Care

Regular watering during dry periods in summer is essential. Continue to deadhead and check for pests like aphids or slugs.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. Cut back the foliage after it dies back to tidy up the plant.

Winter Care

In colder areas, apply a layer of mulch after the ground freezes to protect the roots. In milder climates, the plant may remain semi-evergreen.


Are Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves Perennial or Biennial?

Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves are typically biennial, blooming in their second year. However, they can act as short-lived perennials in some conditions.

Are They Toxic?

Yes, all parts of the Dalmatian Purple Foxglove are toxic if ingested. Handle with care, especially around children and pets.

How Do I Encourage Reblooming?

Deadheading spent flowers can sometimes encourage a second flush of blooms. However, the main bloom period is usually in early to mid-summer.

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