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Digitalis (Foxglove)

Foxgloves are very popular in British gardening, they are tall and add a lot of color. Foxglove comes in shades of pink and purple and pure white. The flowers have spots on them. Digitalis is extracted from this plant and used in medicine. Other names for this medicinal extract are cardiac glycosides and digoxin, used for a variety of heart conditions. Foxglove is a biennial and thrives in acidic soil. Due to these chemicals the plant is toxic, the whole plant including its roots and seeds due to this they have also named it Dead man’s bells and Witch’s gloves. Though they are beautiful in gardens keep your children away from them.

 

Foxglove

Foxgloves in Hyde Park in London.

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea, Common Foxglove

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