Digitalis (Foxglove)

Foxgloves are very popular in British gardening, they are tall and add a lot of colors. 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 the gardens keep your children away from them.

Foxglove
Foxgloves in Hyde Park in London.
Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea, Common Foxglove

About Dino

Dino
I am a flower enthusiast and a gardener at heart. Ever since childhood I loved reading about plants and started gardening at an early age. First by helping my father in the garden and later managing a large garden myself in my teen years. I planted and cared for a large number of plants, flowers, and trees both outdoors and in a greenhouse. To this day I enjoy visiting gardens and parks and learning about new and old specimens and varieties of plants.
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