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Observed: 25th May 2011 By: Beagle
Friends of Childwall Woods and FieldsMerseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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Tall perennial with pinkish-purple flowers in woodland margins.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) interacts


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Willowherb and foxglove

Foxglove leaves are hairy and a lot wider than willowherb, and foxglove flowers are tubular (like the fingers of a glove).
Rosebay willowherb looks fairly similar from a distance, with tall spikes of pink flowers, but the flowers are smaller and with separate petals (and long seedpods that split open to release seeds with 'parachutes').

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Thanks for differentiating between the two flowers. You are right; this was the nearest I could safely get to them with a close up focus lens. Regards.