Woodland flowers



Foxgloves are very common throughout the UK, including the New Forest, especially on acid soils.

In the New Forest they are often found in woodlands, especially in open glades or in places that have recently been disturbed, for example where trees have fallen or been felled. You can find them in flower by taking a walk through almost any areas of woodland during June.

ID tip - The tall spikes of pink trumpet-shaped flowers are very characteristic and well known. No other species looks like them!

In the late 1700s William Withering studied the effects of foxglove leaves on patients and found that it slowed and strengthened the heartbeat, but the dosage was critical and only small amounts could be given. Later, the active properties, including digitoxin, were isolated and these are still used today in the modern medicines for heart stimulation.

  1. Woodland flowers
  2. Bluebell
  3. Lesser celandine
  4. Wood anemone
  5. Narrow-leaved lungwort
  6. Foxglove (you are here)
  7. Wood spurge
  8. Butchers broom
  9. Wood sorrel
  10. Wild daffodil
  11. Bastard balm


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