Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove, purple basil, some other kind of basil flower, scabiosa (flowers and seed pods), bachelor buttons, salvia

It would be difficult to confuse Digitalis purpurea, or foxglove, with anything else. Its distinctive spikes of fluted flowers (each with their own pattern of delicate spotting) tower over the garden in July. It could be garish but, paired with other garden flowers, it adds a touch of wildness to an otherwise staid bouquet. Scoring foxglove AND blue scabiosa at the market on Saturday definitely made my day.

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