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White Flowered Foxglove   
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White Flowered Foxglove
ntroduced Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: White Flowered Foxglove
Botanical name: Digitalis minor    Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)
Synonyms: Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

White flowered foxglove is a bienneial plant with soft, hairy, toothed, ovate and lance-shaped leaves in a basal rosette. This species has pure white, tubular flowers which may have just a faint, pale cream spotting inside. The earliest known name for this plant is the Anglo-Saxon "foxes glofa" (the glove of the fox) It derives its name from the flowers which resemble the fingers of a glove and possibly from a northern legend that bad fairies gave the blossoms to the fox to put on his toes, so that he might soften his tread while he hunted for prey. The heart medication, digitalis, was originally derived from this plant. It is now synthetically made. Today, foxglove is used mainly in landscaping.
Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
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