Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
These are standard form foxgloves. Historically, seeds making their way to the west coast of the US in ship balast found a likely niche in the acid soils of the maritime forests and sea bluffs, where currently the summer display of these beauties is a sight to behold.
Toxicity: The entire plant is toxic (including the roots and seeds), although the leaves of the upper stem are particularly potent, with just a very slight amount or nibble being enough to potentially cause death. Early symptoms of ingestion include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hallucinations, delirium, and severe headache. There have been instances of people confusing digitalis with the relatively harmless Symphytum (comfrey) plant (which is often brewed into a tea) with fatal consequences. Other fatal accidents involve children drinking the water in a vase containing digitalis plants. Drying does not reduce the toxicity of the plant. The plant is toxic to animals including all classes of livestock and poultry, as well as felines and canines.
Cultivation Notes: Digitalis thrives in acidic soils, in partial sunlight to deep shade, in a range of habitats including open woods, woodland clearings, moorland, and heath margins, sea-cliffs, rocky mountain slopes and hedge banks. It is commonly found on sites where the ground has been disturbed, such as recently cleared woodland, or where the vegetation has been burnt. Of course, Foxglove is a low dose botanical that should not be taken internally without proper preparation and always at low dosage.
300 seeds/pkt. Organically Certified