These ‘Foxgloves’ Will Make Your Heart Skip a Few Beats
Other names — Digitalis Purpurea
Best not to mess with this one. She is stunning, tall, and slender, with pinkish tubular blossoms for dramatic effect in your garden.
But every inch of her is poison! Scientists have said they contain cardiac glycosides, which are toxic if ingested. Well-known secrets among wicked stepmothers. 😉
Foxglove thrives in moist, well-drained soil and adores full sun with light afternoon shade. You can find them also in yellow and white with spots on petals. They bloom in the second year and die after seeding.
Like best-kept secrets, Britannica quotes: these purple foxgloves are cultivated commercially as a heart-stimulating drug — mainly from the dried leaves.
As confusing it may seem, her toxin is known to increase the output force of your weak heart. 😯