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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Digitalis


Commonly known as Foxglove, a herbaceous perennial and biennial.



The scientific name means "finger-like".




Foxgloves thrive in acidic soils in partial sunshine or deep shade. They do not bloom until the second year.




Digitalis contains cardiac glycosides called digoxin. The entire plant is toxic to humans and animals alike. The upper leaves are especially potent, just a nibble can cause death. Digitalis is used to control heart rate, especially atrial fibrillation. One of the more common medicines made from foxglove is called Lanoxin.

So, please remember to wear gloves when working with Foxglove and have a very happy Sunday.

Gina

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