A new medicinal plant – Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) was added last spring to the Menashe collection of medicinal plants. This short-lived plant belongs to the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). In past times compounds were extracted from it for the treatment of heart diseases; but, due to its high toxicity, other, safer medicines are used nowadays. The foxglove seedlings were planted in circles in the middle of the medicinal plant section, in the shade of the laurel-leaf snailseed (Cocculus laurifolius), which aids in cases of hypertension and chronic pain. The foxglove seedlings are developing impressively well and we hope they will flower next spring.

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