Digitalis purpurea


Common Name: Foxglove

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Plantaginaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar for Bees, especially Bumblebees and other bees, not usually accessed by Honeybees.
Flowering time: June, July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE BIENNIAL WILDFLOWER grows to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.6 m (2ft). Prefers dapple shade in disturbed acidic soils, and although commonly associated with woodland it is equally at home on river banks, rocky slopes and sea-cliffs. Hardy to minus 34ºC. It has been used as a herbal medicine to stimulate a weak heart, and ‘Digoxin’ is the active ingredient used in conventional medicine for this use. (Note: The therapeutic dose is very close to the lethal dose, so strictly not for self-medication). Pollinated by Bumble Bees and noted for attracting wildlife.