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Scientific Name: Digitalis purpurea
Common Name: Foxglove
Digitalis is native to Europe, western Asia, and northwestern Africa. The flowers are tubular in shape, produced on a tall spike, and vary in colour with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. The scientific name means "purple finger".
The best-known species is the common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. You'll see this familiar woodland plant, with its tall, majestic spikes of pink and purple flowers, in early summer. It grows throughout the UK, along woodland edges, roadside verges and hedgerows. This biennial is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which range in colour from various purple tints through pink and purely white. The flowers can also possess various marks and spottings.
WARNING: foxglove plants contain toxic cardiac glycosides. Ingestion of any parts of the plant (and often the leaves, usually as a result of misidentification for comfrey, Symphytum officinale) can result in severe poisoning. Symptoms include nausea, headache, skin irritation and diarrhoea. In severe cases it can lead to visual and perceptual disturbances and heart and kidney problems.
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