Characterised by their tubular purple-pink flowers with a whitish tinge on the inside, the Foxglove is so named for the shape of the flowers, which look like little gloves that would perfectly fit the paws of a fox.
Like a sports car, the Foxglove is both beautiful and dangerous.
Ingesting only 5 grams of dried leaf or 2 grams of fresh leaf from this plant is enough to kill a person.
On the flip side, this remarkable plant also has heart-protective properties that were discovered in the 18th century.
When digitoxin and digotoxin are extracted from the plant, they can be used to slow down the heartbeat and prevent edema by facilitating the removal of excess water from the body.