Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove


Foxgloves are included in herbaceous borders for their spikes of white to red tubular flowers. They have become naturalized in the wild in some areas of the west. The leaves are a source of the drug Digitalis, used medicinally as a heart stimulant. Eating large amounts of the leaves can be fatal. The management of foxglove intoxication is fluid replacement for that lost by vomiting and diarrhea. Activated charcoal can be administered to diminish absorption of digitalis from the gastoenteric tract.