Close-up of the flowers of the foxglove

Close-up of the flowers of the foxglove

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Caption: Foxglove flowers. Flowers of the common foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea). Foxglove is native to Europe, and commonly grows wild on unused ground. The plant is poisonous due to the presence of the alkaloid digitalin in its leaves. Consuming too many leaves will lead to vomiting, fatigue, hallucinations and death from disorganised pumping of the heart. The drug can be extracted and used in cases of heart failure to stimulate the heart muscle, being administered either orally or by injection. As well as stimulating the heart, digitalin has a strong diuretic (increases urine production) action.

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Keywords: botany, digitalis, digitalis purpurea, drug, flower, flowers, foxglove, medicinal plant, nature, plant, plants, type, wild flowers

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