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Foxgloves: Digitalis purpurea

Botanical name: Digitalis purpurea

Common name: Foxglove

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Foxglove
Photo credit: ladybug
Foxgloves: Digitalis purpurea
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ladybug

Germantown, Tn

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Soil: damp, neutral, sand
Sun:
  
  
Zones: 1a thru 11b
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
biennial
Category:   
Attributes:

poisonous, butterfly attracting

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description for "Foxgloves: Digitalis purpurea"

One of the loveliest, most important plant species that has been introduced from Europe and naturalized in various parts of North America. The flowers are numerous, on a spike, and range from a deep purple to lilac with conspicuous spots interlining the throat of the tubular flower. As a biennial, the leaves form a rosette the first year followed by the flower spike the next year. Prefers a nitrogen-rich soil, in partial sun to full shade. It is a source of digitalis prescripbed by doctors to strengthen the heart and regulate its beat. Extremely poisonous! Enjoy, but do not eat!

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