Admire but Beware the Foxglove . . .

You never know what might be lurking in the middle of a bouquet of
flowers… bees, spiders, extra points if you also spot the ant.

The flower belongs to Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) also called Lady’s
Glove . . .  not native but naturalized . . .  grows about four feet tall with a
spike of flowers maybe a foot or two high. Very common in the Willamette
Valley and Coast range of Oregon.

You might also find a white cultivar. It’s interesting to watch bumblebees visit this flower. They crawl in and
then back out, falling backwards to fly instead of turning around to
launch.

Beware however. . . because of the presence of the cardiac glycoside digitoxin,  the
flower, plant, and seeds can be fatal if ingested.

Photo by: by Larry Rea,  June 20, 2017 –  www.taxaflora.com

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