Beautiful but poisonous

Foxglove © the City of Helsinki materialbank, Marianne Saviaho

The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is an ornamental remnant from old manor house gardens and yards. It does not spread very far from its original planting sites.

The biennial foxglove grows a rosette during its first year and a long string of flowers on the second year, which produce large numbers of seeds. Foxgloves are highly poisonous. Their leaves are used to make cardiac medicine.

Photo by Maria Suomela
Photo by Maria Suomela