Common name: Foxglove
Scientific name: Digitalis purpurea
Hazard associated: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
- Grown in gardens for its attractive flowers. Cultivars have been developed by plant breeders, so there are variations in colours and markings in the flower throat.
- The leaves contain digitoxin, digoxin and saponins.
- The plant has been used in traditional medicine, but has a narrow margin of error in terms of dosage control.
- Poisonings by foxglove have occurred when people have drunk herbal tea containing foxglove leaves.
Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitalis
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