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Digitalis purpurea

Digitalis purpurea
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-15 4:25
Viewed: 2834
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this plant/flower in wild state in an alpine forest at an altitude of nearly 8000 ft in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh recently. Though research reveals it is a European flower, I found it growing in profusion in the Kala top Reserve forest. It is possible that the British might have brought it from England to this forest near Dalhousie during their reign since Dalhousie was a popular hill station during their times in the 19th and 20th century.

Digitalis purpurea (Common Foxglove, Purple Foxglove or Lady's Glove), is a flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae (formerly treated in the family Scrophulariaceae), native to most of Europe.


It is a herbaceous biennial plant.

The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 10-35 cm long and 5-12 cm broad, grey-green, downy, and with a finely toothed margin; they form a tight rosette at ground level in the first year.

The flowering stem develops in the second year, typically 1 to 2 m tall, sometimes larger. The flowers are arranged in a showy, terminal, elongated cluster, each tubular, pendent, purple (also pink, rose, yellow, or white in selected cultivars). They are also spotted inside bottom of the tube. The flowering period is early summer, sometimes with additional flower stems developing later in the season.

The fruit is a capsule which splits open at maturity to release the numerous tiny (0.1-0.2 mm) seeds.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-15 6:42]

Great to see a portrait of an 'escapee' from the British Ram!
It doesn't surprise me a bit that they could have introduced the Foxglove into the Himalayas. They seem to have introduced many species of flora and fauna into various parts of the world, sometimes with disasterous results.
Though the Foxglove has most probably less impact on the local ecology.
A fine well composed image of in full flower, the colours and details showing well against the dark natural BG.
Our climate is too cold for it to survive in the wild but a few garden escapes seem to make it sometimes.
Thanks and all the best,

Hello Ram,
A flower with an interesting and beautiful structure. I like the use of the cross to compose. The contrast level is very good and cheerful an allows a good look of this beautiful flower. Nice work, thanks for sharing. Excellent note attached.
TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-16 9:20]

Hi Ram.
Wonderful flower diagonal. I like it a lot. Every flower is detailed perfectly. Colours are fine too as well as dark smooth BG. Lights and darks are very impressive. Thanks and best warm wishes.

Hello Sir,
Beautiful picture of these purple flowers. Excellent compositon, POV and DOF. I liked thediagonal composition and also the dark background that shows off the colours of the flowers.
Thaks for the share,

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