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Flower  Foxglove

Foxgloves - Photo  Copyright 1998 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Digitalis purpurea

Size: Grows to a height of around 150cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: June to August.

Habitat: Found mostly in woodland clearings, woodland edges and grassy banks.

Special features: The flowers of the Foxglove are tubular, like the fingers of a glove, and its Latin name Digitalis literally means thimble. One single stem can have up to 80 flowers.

Did You Know?
The whole foxglove plant is poisonous, and yet the drug called 'Digitalin' is extracted from the leaves and used in the treatment of heart disease.

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