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These form a delightful genus of over 20 species of either biennial or short-lived perennials. The characteristic feature, which gives the plants their name is the tubular flowers arranged in a tall spike. The most commonly seen one is the European native D. purpurea, which has purplish pink or white flowers and is a common sight growing wild. This is ideal for informal gardens, especially those where a cottage-garden effect is required. They are plants of wood margins and grow well in sun or light shade. There are many garden hybrids offering a wider range of colours and larger flowers. Other species are less common but generally easy to grow. These have similarly-shaped flowers often with a large lower lip and covered in fine veining of a contrasting colour. They are available in a range of yellows, creams, browns and purples. Even although some are perennials, they should be propagated from seed each year to make certain of keeping them as most are short-lived. Seed should be sown in trays or pots. The common foxglove D. purpurea will self-sow and rarely need to be reintroduced once you have it in your garden.


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