Small Yellow Foxglove - Digitalis lutea

Scientific Name: Digitalis lutea (Scrophulariaceae).

English Name: Small Yellow Foxglove or Straw Foxglove (Figwort Family).

French Name: Digitale jaune (='yellow digitalis').

5 Key Characters:
  • spear shaped narrow hairless leaves.
  • tubular pale yellow flowers (1.5 - 2 cm long).
  • flower spike long and slender.
  • erect (0.4 - 1.2 m tall).
  • middle lobe of flower lower 'lip' much shorter than the corolla ('tube').
Lookalikes: None in this area.

Habitat: Woods, forest rides, open trails, edges (especially the fringes of Downy Oak woodland), clearings and stony hills. Full sun or semi-shade, wet or dry, calcareous soil.

Flowering Period: June-July-August.

Status: Uncommon and protected. Can be conspicuous.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
All photos will enlarge in a new window if you click on them. Row 1 on the side of the Chemin de l'Etang Bruneau in the Foret de Preuilly, June.

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