Invasive Plant

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurpea
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Toxic or fatal if ingested

About This Species

Foxglove is an extremely abundant exotic species that has naturalized throughout the province, leading many to believe this plant is a BC native! Found growing along roadsides, waste areas, and forests, a single foxglove specimen can produce 5,000 seeds each season. Every part of this plant (including the seeds) is extremely poisonous. In fact, the compound digitalis, used in heart medication, was originally sources from the foxglove plant because it has on the cardiac system when ingested.

How to Identify

Foxgloves have long, sturdy stems covered in tubular, bell-shaped flowers. Inside the flowers are many speckles that pollinators use as a signal to land. At the base of the plant is a rosette of hairy dark green leaves. Foxglove plants range in height from 0.5 – 1.5 m in height.

Credit: J Hallworth

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A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of Foxglove include:

  • Larkspur (Delphinium spp. and hybrids)
  • Monkshood (Aconitum spp.)
  • Beard-Tongue (Penstemon barbatus)

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