Digitalis purpurea


Erect stem to 6 ft. Basal and lower stem leaves oval, 4–12 in. long, covered with soft hairs. Flowers held on 3 sides of elongating upper stem. Flowers nodding, bell-shaped, 1–3 in. long, pink, lavender, or white, with deep pink to purple spots inside. Grows in moist fields, grasslands, edges of forests, from coast to mid elevations. A garden escapee originally from eastern Europe and Turkey. The heart medicine known as digitalis is derived from this plant. However, it can be highly poisonous when ingested by humans and livestock.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Biennial
  • Height: to 6 feet
  • Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, Coastal, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Siskiyous, N Cascades Np
  • Native: No