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Digitalis lutea - L.

Common Name Yellow Foxglove, Straw foxglove
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[7, 65]. The plant is less dangerous that the common foxglove (D. purpurea) since its effects are not cumulative[7].
Habitats Woodlands, hedgerows and uncultivated fields on siliceous soils[7].
Range Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Digitalis lutea Yellow Foxglove, Straw foxglove


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Digitalis lutea Yellow Foxglove, Straw foxglove
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Digitalis lutea is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in). It is in flower in July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Cardiac  Diuretic  Stimulant  Tonic

Yellow foxglove is little used in herbal medicine but is in fact a less toxic alternative to the purple and woolly foxgloves (D. purpurea and D. lanata) which are widely used in the treatment of heart complaints[254]. The yellow foxglove has similar medical actions, but its alkaloids are more readily metabolized and flushed out of the body[254]. The leaves are cardiac, strongly diuretic, stimulant and tonic[7, 9, 46, 61]. They are used in the treatment of a weakened or failing heart, increasing the strength of contraction, slowing and steadying the heart rate and lowering blood pressure by strongly stimulating the flow of urine - which reduces overall blood volume[254]. The leaves of plants in their second year of growth are harvested in the summer and dried for later use[7]. This remedy should be used with caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, excessive doses can prove fatal[7, 254]. See also the notes above on toxicity.

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Other Uses

Preservative

An infusion of the plant added to the water in the vase will prolong the life of cut flowers[54]. When grown near root crops the roots will store better[54].

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil, especially if it is rich in organic matter[1]. It also succeeds in dry soils and, once established, is drought tolerant[188, 190]. It prefers semi-shade but succeeds in full sun if the soil is moist[188, 200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. The yellow foxglove is a good companion plant, stimulating the growth of nearby plants[54]. Root crops grown near to this plant will store better[54].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow early spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 20°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Digitalis ferrugineaRusty Foxglove02
Digitalis grandifloraLarge Yellow Foxglove02
Digitalis laevigata 02
Digitalis lanataGrecian Foxglove04
Digitalis purpureaFoxglove, Purple foxglove, Common Foxglove04

 

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