Digitalis purpurea L.


Sp. Pl. 621 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect biennial or perennial herb, 120–150 cm high, densely hairy with glandular and eglandular hairs on vegetative parts. Basal leaves ovate, 9–15 cm long, 4–7 cm wide, margins crenate or doubly toothed, surfaces discolorous; petiole 5–7 cm long, winged. Inflorescences usually 1-sided by twisting of pedicels, to c. 50 cm long, flowers single in bract axils; pedicels 5–15 mm long. Sepals c. 10 mm long, ribbed in fruit; corolla 3.5–4 cm long, white, pink or purple, blotched inside, tube dilated beyond calyx, lobes rounded, pointed outwards; anthers divergent. Capsule ovoid, c. 10 mm long, glandular-pubescent; persistent style 2–2.5 mm long Flowers late spring and early summer.

*EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp. Also naturalised NSW. Native to western Europe. Frequently cultivated, occasionally naturalised and locally abundant in moist, shaded areas, particularly in hilly areas, sometimes along watercourses near the coast.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Scrophulariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Digitalis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Digitalis purpurea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Digitalis purpurea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

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South Australia
New South Wales