Digitalis purpurea L.  
Family: Plantaginaceae
common foxglove, purple foxglove
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Etymology: Digitalis: from the Latin for finger, because of the corolla shape
Plants: erect, biennial/perennial, 2'-6' tall forb
Leaves: alternate, stem leaves lance-like and hairy below
Flowers: purple to white, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2" long, upper lip not covering the 4 stamens, lower lip only slightly longer and spotted with dark purple inside, tube long with bell-shaped opening; inflorescence a terminal cluster (raceme) with stalked flowers often from only one side of the stem
Fruits: oval to round
Habitat: garden escapee
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Botanical Illustration  
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Michael Clayton  
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Kurt Stüber  
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