Foxgloves

I’m not sure how I missed all the foxgloves here last year. As they sprouted, it’s possible I mistook them for weeds or even the dreaded nettles and yanked them. It’s also possible they didn’t do well last year, since many are biennials.  But this year — wow!

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From the genus Digitalis, foxgloves are known for their stately beauty, their preference for partial shade, and their potency as a medicinal plant.

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I’m thinking that many of these are the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. Interesting that the name digitalis was given due to the fact that the flower’s bells fit easily over a person’s finger or digit. It’s important to check for bees first, as bees are happily buzzing all over Coppertop.

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