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POISON: Foxglove digitalis

Poison Vespertine Series: Carnivorous Plants & Night Blooming Flowers

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Service Description

We need to recognise these poisonous plants so we know what we’re dealing with. One person’s poison is another person’s medicine. When I moved to England as a child I remember my mother pointing out that the foxglove was poisonous. Later in life I learnt that digitalis was used as an ingredient in heart medicine as warfarin (is it this one?). Putting two and two together as an adult, I realised fully that 'one man's poison is another man's medicine'. I saw wild foxglove growing up and remembered to steer clear. Now I have renewed my relationship with them and love them because - look at them - they are a perfect example of a gradient flower! Faded shades, a favourite device of mine since it represents inclusivity and diversity in colour with all that that implies, encapsulated in the same flower! But still - don't touch it! For more info and images, join the free forum at

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