Flowering common foxgloves

Flowering common foxgloves

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Caption: Foxglove flowers. View of flowering common foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea). Foxgloves are native to Europe, commonly growing 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 digitalis is made from the leaves. It is used in cases of heart failure to stimulate the heart muscle, being administered either orally or by injection. As well as stimulating the heart, digitalis is a strong diuretic, increasing urine production.

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

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