Foxglove: purple fingers | Nature Notes from Dorset

Every June a wonderful display of foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) occurs at sites across Dorset, especially at Arne. They continue to flower on through until September with even some late specimens seen in October some years. Although commonly a flower of acid woodland they also occur on acid grasslands and heaths. They are less likely to be seen on chalk or limestone.
We all know foxgloves; the pixie hats of our younger days! The Latin name has a pretty obvious English translation, purple fingers, and I am sure we all have put one of the flowers on our finger at some point in our younger days. The foxglove is, however, poisonous

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