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The Grecian foxglove (Digitalis lanata) produces creamy white, tubular flowers with purple venation on a stem 2 to 5 feet tall. (Contributed)

May weed of the month: Grecian foxglove

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In parts of Minnesota, a toxic, herbaceous plant, Grecian foxglove (Digitalis lanata), has become invasive. Native to central and southern Europe, it has been found growing in roadsides, residential yards, grasslands and forest margins along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.

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Grecian foxglove contains compounds used in cardiac medicines, yet it is also poisonous to humans, livestock and wildlife and is a threat to the residents of Minnesota.

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