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Commonly known as Foxglove
Genus of 25 species of biennials, perennials and shrubs from Europe, the Canary Islands and Madeira, northwestern Africa and central Asia, generally found in open woodland.
D. purpurea is the common and well-loved foxglove though etymologically probably refers to fairy bells rather than Reynard's mittens.
The medical use for this dangerous plant was discovered in 1785 by William Withering. Effects were recognised but not understood.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - biennials and short lived perennials
Caution, toxic if eaten - Do not eat these plants.
Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant - bees.
Medicinal properties - widely used in the production of heart stimulant drugs.
Pests & Diseases - leaf spot, powdery mildew.
Place of origin - Europe, north west Africa,central Asia.
Soil Conditions - Tolerates all - except very wet or dry. Most prefer humus rich soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly
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