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December 6th, 2009
06:44 pm
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Foxglove dreaming

The title would be more apt if digitalis was a mild hallucinogen.

In other news, I downloaded Booksmart, Blurb's bookmaking program. Inspiration has therefore deserted me. I might just start sticking in a bunch of pics and see if a theme presents itself that way.


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Date:December 6th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
If I remember my botany correctly, there is a type of false foxglove [fauxglove?] that is a mild hallucinogenic when smoked, which lead to the entire family being thought of as such for a long while.

Of course, now that we know that the species isn't even related, just looks similar, that's no longer so. But if you look in the old herbals foxgloves are sometimes noted as such. [I think it was called either a purple or white foxglove...it's a long while since I read Culpeppers.]
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Date:December 6th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)

Digitalis Purpurea is your standard foxglove, although they seem to come in a wide range of patterns, some of which are mostly white with just a few purple spots. I'd guess that the white foxglove(fauxglove - I like that) is the hallucinogen. I'm not going to try smoking either of them, TYVM.
Date:December 7th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
I wouldn't recommend it, One of the reasons the the two species got confused is that the fauxglove also contains digitalis compound. [it's not unique to foxgloves] although IIRC it's only present in some of the plant, like the lower leaves, or not present when the the plant is young...

Although, I seem to recollect that was rather variable and tended to lead to unfortunate deaths due to inhaling digitalis.
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