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.

Foxglove Facts:

  • 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.

Summer is here!
Rachel x

29th June 2010

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...

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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    29th June 2010

    Wild Woman, yes, they do seem to seed very well, although this is probably why they have got mixed with cultivars so much, which isn't a good thing, really. Native species getting diluted. But it's so beautiful!

    Chrissie – yeah, you fixed your comment problem! I don't think they have directly inspired me, but definitely being so close to wonderful nature outside generally uplifts and inspires me. No foxglove earrings yet! :)

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    Chrissie

    29th June 2010

    Yes I love them too ..digitalis think they were used for heart attacks in herbal medicine.
    They seem to be out everywhere at the moment.

    Lovely pictures have they inspired any jewellery yet.

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    Sara

    28th June 2010

    So beautiful!

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    Wild Woman Jewelry

    28th June 2010

    ~ foxgloves are one of my favorites too! i have several patches of them in my garden and am always thrilled when the seeds escape and find homes in the field behind our cottage! your photos are lovely!

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