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Native British Wildflowers: The Foxglove

By Heather 11 years ago


Foxgloves are biennial, like shade or partial shade, flower from May to August and are one of the most instantly recognisable native British wildflowers.

Other names for this well loved flower are fairy thimble, fairy caps, bee catchers, witches’ gloves/thimbles, lion’s mouth, dead men’s fingers, goblin’s gloves and The Dartmoor cowflop.

Xcellent for attracting bees and butterflies into your garden and particularly loved by Heath Fritillary butterflies and moth species such as the Frosted Orange and Lesser Yellow Underwing.

Grows in the wild in woodland/woodland clearings, banks and scrub and can reach a height of 1.5m

Leaves of the foxglove were placed in children’s shoes as it was believed that it prevented them from catching scarlet fever.

Official name for the foxglove is Digitalis purpurea.

Very poisonous if eaten. It is the source of the drug digitalis which is used in controlling heart rate.

Each plant produces 1-2 million seeds.

Said to bring bad luck if brought into the house