In the garden: Digitalis

Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)

We are so lucky to have a garden at our house in Seattle complete with pear, apple, plum and fig trees!  We are very grateful for our small slice of nature amidst the bustle of city living.

Pictured above is Digitalis purpurea (in the Scrophulariaceae family), this poisonous plant is native to the area.  There is tons of it growing throughout our neighborhood.  Digitalis is a cardiac stimulant known for is cardiac glycosides (digitoxin, digoxin, and gitoxin).  Digoxin is processed and produced commercially as the drug Digoxin (Lanoxin).

Cardiac glycosides were discovered in 1785 and recognized to support the failing heart. Image from Hoffmann's Holistic Herbal.

More “In the garden” posts to come!!!


Bastyr University Botanical Medicine Materia Medica

Hoffmann, D, Holistic Herbal, A safe and practical guide to making and using herbal remedies.  Thorsons, 1990.