Grecian foxglove is not native to North America, having come from central and southern Europe. The weed is poisonous, and both fresh and dried plant parts are toxic.
The greatest concern is the potentially lethal threat of human and livestock poisoning. The leafy portions of Grecian foxglove could be mistaken for lettuce or other leafy greens, and the plant has even been found growing in a homeowner’s vegetable garden.
- In its first year, the weed seedling looks like a green rosette with no flowers.
- Mature plants are two to five feet tall with creamy white, tubular flowers with purplish lines.
- Leaves are simple, alternate, oblong-shaped, and about six inches long with a pointed tip. What sets Grecian foxglove apart from common or garden foxglove is both the flowering stems and undersides of the Grecian foxglove leaves have woolly hairs.
What to do if you see Grecian foxglove?
- Note the exact location.
- If possible, take digital photos of the whole plant, rosettes, flowers and seed stalks that can be emailed for identification.
- Contact the MDA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or voicemail 888-545-6684.