Belongs to: figwort family

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea


Best time to see: mid Jun to mid Sep

Key facts

Tall spires of dangling pink-purple tubular flowers, seen in many woods in summer and also popular in gardens

A biennial, forming a basal rosette in the first year and sending up the flower spike the next, up to 2m tall

Toxic to livestock

Extras

Once widely used in folk medicine, and provides the drug digitalis, which slows and strengthens the heart-beat

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Owen Keen