Digitalis Purpurea

Foxglove, native to most parts of Europe, has been naturalized in parts of North America.  Foxglove features “glove finger” like showy flowers that spiral around a thick stem.  This plant has medical and industrial use significance.  It is the original source of the heart medicine digoxin (digitalis) and as a source of a steroid component used as a molecular probe to detect DNA or RNA.  Medical uses aside, the leaves, flowers and seeds are poisonous to human if ingested.

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