Common name: foxglove
Scientific name: Digitalis purpurea
Flowering season: June – September
The foxglove is a common woodland, moorland and hedgerow plant and it’s now flowering all along the Breamish Valley.
Its spikes of bright pink-purple, tubular flowers can now easily be seen across the whole of north Northumberland.
The photos on this page were taken yesterday at Thrunton Wood.
A foxglove by any other name
Did you know that the foxglove is also known as ‘bloody bells’ or ‘bloody finger’?
In fact, the Royal Horticultural Society lists 33 other names for foxglove, including:
- fairy’s petticoat
- lion’s mouth
- lady’s gloves
- witches’ thimbles
and my favourite:
- pop dock!