What does a foxglove plant look like before it forms blooms?

Karen Jackson
by Karen Jackson
I planted a package of seeds last year and dames rocket, coneflower and gloriosa daisy have bloomed. This year there is a huge plant that has come up in the group but no blooms yet. I am wondering if it is a foxglove since the seeds were in the mix.
  4 answers
  • Lisa Lisa on May 09, 2014
    I see that you're in Kentucky; if it's extremely warm and humid, foxglove won't grow there. They do well in semi-shade and are a biennial. This means they won't bloom the first year if planted by seed, but will the second year. Foxglove is poisonous in the sense that it is Digitalis, something used for heart patients. Use gloves when handling the plant and keep it away from children. Size-wise, they go anywhere from 2' to maybe 6 or 7' tall when they bloom, depending on the variety. This website has some photos that might be of some help to you in identifying your plant: http://zoneonegarden.blogspot.com/2011/05/foxgloves.html
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 10, 2014
    Kathy Purdy has a good photo of foxglove foliage on her excellent blog, Cold Climate Gardening: http://www.coldclimategardening.com/2010/02/07/january-thaw-discoveries-plants/
  • Karen Jackson Karen Jackson on May 10, 2014
    This was planted last year out of a pack of mixed flower seeds. It came up and got huge this year and I have no idea what it might be. Foxglove was the only thing listed that I didn't know what the leaves looked like.
  • Karen Jackson Karen Jackson on May 11, 2014
    I had coneflowers bloom last year but they didn't get as bushy as this. I guess it is a waiting game. Can't wait for it to bloom. Thanks for commenting.