The common foxglove, digitalis purpurea, is a biennial flower, popular in cottage gardens. Its vivid flowers range in colour from various purple tints through pink, cream and purely white. The flowers also possess various marks and spottings. These biennial plants, when grown from seed, in their first year, will grow out their root system and produce leaves, go dormant over winter, and will bloom in the summer of their second year. Note that the entire plant is toxic (including the roots and seeds) and should never be ingested.