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Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tubular purple flowers appearing on tall unbranched stalked spikes. Flowers sometimes white and oftentimes speckled dark purple.
Fruit:
A capsule containing many tiny seeds, 15mm long.
Leaves:
Simple, toothed, ovoid, leaves with serrated margins. The basal leaves which form in the first year are large with long stalks. The older stem leaves are smaller and shorter stalked. The stem leaves alternate along the (usually) single main upright stem. All of the leaves have prominent veins and pointed tips. All leaves are covered in soft downy hairs, often giving them a fluffy or woolly appearance.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous, even in small doses. Inducing may include symptoms such as skin irritation, nausea, headaches, diarrhoea and heart, kidney and visual problems. Most toxic immediately prior to the seeds opening.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bloody Bells, Bloody Finger, Common Foxglove, Cow Flop, Dead Man's Bells, Dog's Lugs, Dragon's Mouth, Fairy Cap, Fairy Fingers, Fairy Gloves, Fairy Thimbles, Fairy's Petticoat, Finger Flower, Flap Dock, Folk's Gloves, Fox Finger, Gloves of Mary, Lady's Fingers, Lady's Gloves, Lion's Mouth, Lustmore, Pop Duck, Throatroot, Witches' Bells, Witches' Fingers, Witches' Glove, Witches' Thimbles.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, moorland, rocks, woodland.