Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Digitalis purpurea L.
common foxglove, purple foxglove
Digitalis: from the Latin for finger, because of the corolla shape
purpurea: from Greek for "purple"
|Status: ||Introduced - escaped|
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, 2'-6' tall forb|
|Flower: ||purple to white, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2" long, upper lip not covering the 4 stamens, lower lip only slightly longer and spotted with dark purple inside, tube long with bell-shaped opening; inflorescence a terminal cluster (raceme) with stalked flowers often from only one side of the stem|
|Fruit:||oval to round|
|Leaf:||alternate, stem leaves lance-like and hairy below|
|Habitat: ||garden escapee|
|Notes: ||classical source of the drug digitalis|