Sunday, June 29, 2008

Garden Grows Wild

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Foxglove plant, flowersFoxglove next to my workshop

About three months ago, I wrote a brief blog entry rejoicing at the first little bit of color (other than our year round green) in our local forests. The post was about the first salmon berry blossoms, and I call it A Little Color (other than green!) is Nice. Well look what I have next to my workshop now— Foxglove galore!

Very pretty, but also very poisonous. From the Wikipedia: "The entire plant is poisonous (including the roots and seeds), although the leaves of the upper stem are particularly potent, with just a nibble being enough to potentially cause death."

It's not all bad, though. First, it is simply beautiful. Many of the plants stand around seven feet tall. Secondly, the bees just go nuts for these blossoms, as do the humming birds. And finally, while poisonous it is also it is used for making a heart medication, digitalis.

It's worth both looking at the flowers from a distance where they create a landscape of their own, and close up as the details are pretty neat.

detail image, foxglove flowers

digitalis flowers


  1. Lovely photos! It's amazing how something so deadly can be so beautiful.

  2. Thanks, Alli,
    Yes, I was surprised too. I knew it was used for digitalis, but really did not know just how deadly it could be. Apparently that is the reason this plant does not have much enthusiasm as a medicinal herb. Regards, Tim