Purple Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is an enchanting flower for any garden with its tall clusters of bell-shaped flowers. This flower is highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds.
The foxglove flower seems to be attractive for working with faeries as it has gained the nickname of "Faerie Lantern." In magick, it can be used with spells for energy, intuition, ambition, creativity, and productivity. Some have said that it can be used for boosting confidence when feeling insecure, enhancing communication when working in groups while promoting productivity, and working with our inner-child.
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 cause death potentially. 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 hedgebanks. 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.
Packet of 300 organic Purple Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) seeds.