Flower of the Day: Foxglove
This foxglove was spotted by our photographer growing along the main road.
Foxglove (the popular name for digitalis) is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials, according to Wikipedia.
There is a dark side to its beauty, because the entire plant is toxic (including the roots and seeds). The leaves of the upper stem are particularly potent, with just a nibble said to be sometimes sufficient to cause death (a great many murder mysteries have taken advantage of this attribute).
Dead Man’s Bells and Witches’ Gloves — alternate names for foxglove – are testament to its potentially deadly uses.
(Photo ©2011 by Susan McKee)