Purple Foxglove – 6/13/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/13/20

Observation Time: 5:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Purple Foxglove

Scientific Name: Digitalis purpurea

Comments: Purple foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, is a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial from western Europe in the plantain family. It is sometimes called common foxglove, fairy gloves, fairy bells, or lady’s glove. Purple foxglove is naturally quite variable in size and flower color.

As its scientific name suggests, foxglove was the source of chemicals in the drug digitalis.

More Information: University of Wisconsin