Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a short-lived perennial or biennial Western European plant from the Plantaginaceae family (plantain).
The genus Digitalis includes around 20 species of herb plants. Also commonly known as lady’s gloves, fairy bells, fairy gloves, purple Foxglove, or many other things, this plant is widespread outside of its area of origin, usually near roads.
In the first year, Foxglove only produces a basal rosette of bright green elongated leaves from seeds. In the second year, the flowers are borne in terminal, one-sided clusters, on 2 to 4′ high leaf spirals (rarely 5′), which extend from the center of the basal rosettes.
Pendent, 2-3″ long, funnel-shaped, tubular, purple to dark rose-pink (often white) flowers with white and purple spots inside are tightly bunched along with each spike.
Individual flowers look like fingers clipped from a glove, hence the name foxglove.