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Grecian Foxglove has large striking flowers that are oddly colored (by North American standards). In the past, it has been an important source of digoxin and other cardiac glycosides that are used in modern medicine to treat patients with various heart conditions. It is a dangerously toxic plant, however, and should not be used as a home remedy. Today, the cardiac glycosides of Grecian Foxglove and closely related species are used less often in modern medicine than they have in the past now that less risky medications have become available. Two other European species, Digitalis purpurea (Purple Foxglove) and Digitalis lutea (Yellow Foxglove), uncommonly naturalize in the Midwest and northeastern United States. They are readily distinguished by the appearance of their flowers

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