Digitalis purpurea L.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 138-139

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Digitalis purpurea L.


Digitalis purpurea L.  


Myanmar: tila-pup-hpi. English: apricot blush foxglove, common foxglove, digitalis, purple foxglove.


A polymorphic species centered in the Mediterranean region. Naturalized elsewhere, including northern Africa; northern, middle, and southeastern Europe; also cultivated. Cultivated in Myanmar.


Leaf: Used as heart tonic.


Dried leaves are a principle source of the drug digitalis. In India the leaf of this species is used for heart and kidney disease; also applied locally on wounds and burns ( Jain and DeFilipps 1991). Reported uses for the species include as a bactericide, cardiotonic, cardiostimulant, tonic, diuretic, sedative, stimulant; also for dropsy, edema, fever, insanity, neuralgia, palpitation, renitis, and tumor; also, a poison ( Duke 2009).

Research has shown that chemicals found in this plant are effective as a bacteriocide and cardiotonic ( Duke 2009).


Nordal (1963).