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Digitalis purpurea Dalmatian Rose



Stalks of sequentially flowering blooms

A classic cottage garden plant perfect for adding height to a summer border. Lights up a  partly shaded spot with gracious spires of flowers which are a favourite with bees. Gently seeds if the plants like your garden - the offspring will give a beautiful selection of colours. 


Happiest in a sheltered, partly shaded position and soil which is not too dry. 


Dig in compost or well rotted manure when planting and water well in dry weather. Remove faded flower spikes to keep the plants tidy.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 90 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From April to September