Yes, I’m in love with the foxglove! Here’s some snaps I took near my house at the weekend of the statuesque foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. I’m no wild flower photographer, but I hope these bring a smile to your face.
One of my favourite flowers, they always lift my heart to see them growing in the banks, walls and hedges. I’m delighted that four plants have seeded themselves in my garden this year. I’m no wild flower photographer, but I hope these bring a smile to your face, too.
- Foxgloves are a biennial plant, so they grow from seed one year, flower the next, then set seed and die
- They are grown commercially to provide digitalis which is used to treat some heart conditions
- Digitalis and other compounds in the leaves, stem and flowers make them highly toxic if ingested so look but don’t touch!
- It’s also known as bee-catchers, pop ladders or dead man’s bells (see below for a picture of a bee inside, but my camera and me weren’t up to it!)
- The white (and in our case buttery-cream) variants are most likely to be garden hybrids.