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Foxglove may be one of the most easily recognizable flowers commonly found in the garden. Scientifically known as Digitalis purpurea, foxglove is in the family Plantaginaceae and is native to most of temperate Europe, but has been naturalized in many areas around the world. While the striking variegation of the flowers is what makes foxglove so popular, it is it’s health effects that give this plant notoriety. Foxglove contains a cocktail of cardiac glycosides, most notably the compounds digitoxin and digoxin. These molecules inhibit the sodium-potassium ATPase pump found in all animal cells. This pump is responsible for many physiological processes, including regulating the electrical conductivity of nerve cells. If any part of the foxglove plant is ingested, the cardiac glycosides act to inhibit the electrical impulses that regulate our heartbeat, leading to heart palpitations, and eventually cardiac arrest. So while foxglove is a beautiful addition to the landscape, extreme caution should be taken to ensure poisoning does not occur.

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10 Digitalis Seedlings - $10

This listing is for 10 Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) seedlings, grown in my garden. I’ve been planting and saving seed from the tallest plants in my garden for two generations now, so the one pictured above should give an indication of the approximate size of a mature plant from this stock (they topped out at just under 2 metres).

The blossoms are beloved of bees (especially bumblebees), and barring mutations, should be varying shades of pink, with the occasional white flowering spire.

These are short-lived perennials, but often called biennials, because they bloom in their second year; accordingly, the plants I ship will bloom next year, because they have already had their first season here. I ship them bare-root, and provided proper care, they usually transplant without issue.

If you would rather try planting them from seed, I also have seed packets for $2.50.

Both of these listings are also up in my etsy store.