Digitalis purpurea Linnaeus 1753 (Family Plantaginaceae)


Plant

Flower

Leaf

Colour Variant

Fruit

Height: 30-200cm
Occasionally Arbuscular Mycorrhizal
Biennial, Persistent Seed Bank
Hermaphrodite, Flowering June - September (Earliest: 23.5)

Protective Chemicals
Saponins Digitonin
Cardiac
Glycosides
Acetyldigitoxin, Digitoxin, Digoxin, Gitaloxigenin,
Gitaloxin, Gitoxin, Purpurea, Strospeside
Phenylethanoid
Glycosides
Calceolarioside, Cornoside, Forsythiaside, Plantainoside,
Plantamajoside, Sceptroside
Flavonoids Cyanidin, Digicitrin

Biotopes:
Spruce Forest Edge
Flower Visitors:
Several Apidae

Episyrphus balteatus

Parasyrphus lineolus

Phaonia angelicae

Stenurella melanura
Parasites:
Ramularia variabilis

Gortyna flavago Larva
(Stem Borer)

Apteropeda orbiculata Larva
(Leaf Miner)

Agapanthia cardui Larva
(Stem Borer)
Herbivores:
Melitaea athalia Larva

Several Noctuidae

Cnephasia asseclana

Cnephasia incertana
Sapivores:
Several Aphididae

Cychramus luteus
Florivores:
Eupithecia pulchellata Larva
Decomposers:
Septoria digitalis

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Foxglove


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