Grecian foxglove (Digitalis lanata)


Appearance: Biennial herbaceous plant; first year rosette; second year single to multiple coarse erect stems 2- 5' high.

Leaves: First year rosette leaves spear-shaped and dark green, second year alternate along stem.

Flowers: Elongated flower cluster, conspicuous cream colored, tubular flowers, with purplish-brown veins, blooming in June.

Seeds: In pods with small hooks which attach easily to fur and clothes.

Caution: Wear long sleeves and gloves to avoid prolonged skin contact.

Ecological Threat:

  • In Minnesota it has been found primarily in Washington County in the vicinity of the St. Croix River along sunny to semi-shaded road ditches.
  • It grows in single species stands and is a potential threat to savanna and prairie communities.
  • It is toxic to humans and animals.
  • Cream colored, tubular flowers, with It is native to southeastern Europe's scrub oak forests.
  • Grecian foxglove is a MDA Prohibited Noxious Weed (Eradicate List) in Minnesota. Report Grecian foxglove by emailing "Arrest the Pest" [email protected] or calling 651-201-6684 (metro) or 1-888-545-6684 FREE (toll-free)


Control Methods:


  • Pulling and cultivation


  • Spot spraying with glyphosate, or selective herbicide metsulfuron


Native Substitutes:

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