common names Common foxglove, purple foxglove.
oRiGiN Native to western Europe, and cultivated in India, southern and central Europe, Norway, Madeira, and the Azores. background The 18th-century English doctor William Withering first established this flower's importance as a heart remedy, and its active constituents are still used in herbal and conventional heart medicines. preparation The fresh leaves are picked before the plant blooms in its second year. The juice is expressed from the leaves, then mixed with alcohol and diluted.
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