Fifteen images of Digitalis lanata, Grecian Foxglove, Woolly Foxglove, formerly a member of the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae, now placed in the plantain family, Plantaginaceae, is naturalized in the Northeastern United States, but hails from South and Central Europe, Greece, and the Danube region. Uses as a commercial sources of cardioactive digoxins, and lanatoside. This species along with Digitalis purpurea have been used since the late 1700s as a cardiac stimulant for cardiac insufficency and rythym abnormalities. Dropsy or edema from a weak heart, characterized by leg swelling and accumulation of fluids is a symptom. The purified digoxins are used in highly controlled dosages, either orally or as injections in coventional medicinal. The herb itself is no longer used as a crude drug as the therapetuic and toxic dosages are very close quantitatively and can lead to life-threatening symptoms. Considered a poisonous plant.
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