Taxon: Digitalis purpurea L.

Genus: Digitalis
    Section: Digitalis
Family: Plantaginaceae
      Tribe: Digitalideae
Nomen number: 13986
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:621. 1753
Name Verified on: 20-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 29-Apr-2014
Species priority site is: Northeast Regional PI Station (NE9)
Accessions: 13 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Zander ed13)
  • Medicines: source of digitalin, digitoxin, & gitalin (fide Import Medicinal Pl; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Kingsbury; Cooper & Johnson ed2; Lampe & McCann)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Morocco
  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Belgium; Germany
    • Northern Europe: Finland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Italy - Sardinia
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain, - Baleares

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Cape Verde; Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Czech Republic
    • Northern Europe: Denmark
    • Southeastern Europe: Croatia

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image