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Purple Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea
Other Names:  Common Foxglove, Lady's Glove

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Taprooted biennial. Stems erect, simple, 50–100 cm. Herbage pubescent, glandular above. Leaves basal and alternate, petiolate; the blade 2–15 cm long, lanceolate, serrate, reduced upward. Inflorescence a secund, bracteate raceme; bracts entire. Flowers short-pedicellate; calyx of 5 separate, ovate sepals, 10–18 mm long; corolla narrowly campanulate, pale purple-mottled, 3–5 cm long; stamens 4; stigmas 2. Capsule opening by 4 valves (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Flathead and Lake counties. Introduced BC, MT south to CA but native to Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 8

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Roadsides, often adjacent to moist forest; valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus fervidus (Thorp et al. 1983).


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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