The name is thought to have been from a series of corruptions in spelling and pronunciation.
Glove from the Anglo-Saxon gliew- a musical instrument with many small bells, and fox could be a corruption of 'folk's' meaning the 'little folk', or fairies. In Somerset and Ireland they are called 'fairy bells', thus supporting this theory!
They are very poisonous yet yields the drug digitalis which is used in small doses in the treatment of heart complaints.
|Jigsaw series - 'Foxglove' 2011|
If any of you have had the privilege to read the childhood stories by Beatrix Potter, you will know of ' The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck' and the 'foxy gentleman' story....and this, when I see foxgloves, ALWAYS makes me think of this tale....