Thursday, 2 July 2015

Foxy Gloves

Foxgloves and their official name, the ominous sounding Digitalis thrive in the Chilterns. In late June early July thy make a proud stand of purple-pink-violet. They are at home the partial sunlight of hedgerows or deep shade of our woods.

And we pass them on the Saturday morning bike ride, in a range of haunts, including open clearings, heath margins.

Depending on the species, the digitalis plant may contain several deadly physiological and chemically related cardiac and steroidal glycosides. The Foxglove earned several, more sinister, names: dead man’s bells and witch's gloves.

Nonetheless Foxgloves are lovely to watch at this time of year.