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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) - A Medicinal Plant

This plant was introduced to the Pacific Northwest from Europe and is naturalized in much of the area. Famous for its cardiac glycosides, it is an important medicinal plant and used in the heart medicine digitalis or digitonan. Unrefined, the entire foxglove plant is highly toxic and may be fatal if ingested.

foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) a medicinal plant

foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
medicinal plant, foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

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