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Latin Name: Digitalis purpurea
Forestart Reference: FOXGL

Tall spikes of purple tubular flowers in early summer

An extremely attractive biennial. Rosettes of soft furry leaves produced in the first year, throwing tall stems of pink/purple tubular flowers in the second year. The inside of the flowers is highly spotted to guide bees inside for the nectar and pollen. Grows in open woodland, shaded woodland and hedgerows. All parts of the plant are highly toxic, but a drug extracted, digitalin, is used to treat heart disease. During the World War II the WI used to collect and dry leaves for use by the forces medical services.

 

Sow anytime of year. 

Seed from Cheshire 

 

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