Thursday, July 9, 2015

Yellow Foxglove

An Unexpected Treat

We first noticed the long stalks with  blackened buds at the end of one summer a few years ago. Wild foxgloves at Le Ripe. Next season revealed them to have rather dirty yellow flowers, not the favoured blue or purple. 
After that we considered ourselves lucky to have native foxgloves yet unlucky that they were such an unprepossessing colour.

This morning, in the yellow light of sunrise I happened upon a whole stand of spikes with fresh blooms and unopened buds. They looked a lot more attractive at this stage.

The bees seemed to think so too.
 Digitalis grandiflora, a European perennial or biennial, has the same medicinal properties, prized for heart ailments, as the Digitalis purpurea. However Digitalis grandiflora is not used to produce cardiac glycosides.
It appears that this variety has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
 Little did we know.

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