Herbs & Plants

Digitalis ferruginea

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Botanical Name: Digitalis ferruginea
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis
Species: D. ferruginea
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales

Synonyms: Witches’ Gloves. Dead Men’s Bells. Fairy’s Glove. Gloves of Our Lady. Bloody Fingers. Virgin’s Glove. Fairy Caps. Folk’s Glove. Fairy Thimbles.

Common Names: Rusty Foxglove
(Norwegian) Revbielde.
(German) Fingerhut.

Habitat : Digitalis ferruginea is native to Hungary, Romania, Turkey and the Caucasus. It grows on Woods, grassy clearings, rocky slopes and scrub to 2700 metres.
Digitalis ferruginea is a biennial or short-lived perennial plant growing to 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in), which forms a rosette of oblong dark green leaves and carries spikes of brown, tubular flowers in summer.


The flowers are hermaprodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden. An easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil, especially if it is rich in organic matter. It also succeeds in dry soils and, once established, is drought tolerant. It prefers semi-shade but succeeds in full sun if the soil is moist. Plants are hardy to about -15°c. This species is a short-lived perennial and is best grown as a biennial[188]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer and rabbits. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Suitable for cut flowers.
Seed – surface sow early spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 4 weeks at 20°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Another report says that the seed is best sown in the autumn.

Medicinal Uses:

The leaves are cardiac, stimulant and tonic. They are often used in the treatment of certain heart complaints.

Known Hazards: All parts of the plant are poisonous.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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