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A man made a sauce out of herbs from the garden and what he thought was borage. He had mistakenly picked about 12 leaves of young foxglove instead. He and his wife ate the sauce made with foxglove leaves. The following day, the husband called Poison Control concerned because he was nauseated, weak, and having trouble sleeping. His wife was also feeling weak. He was aware that he might have mistaken the foxglove for borage. Poison Control told him that he and his wife should to go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Poison Control advised the ER to check the concentrations of digoxin and electrolytes, such as potassium, in both patients’ blood. The digitalis present in foxglove is detected by assays for the drug digoxin.

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Foxglove is one of many reasons to watch children closely when they play outdoors. It’s also an excellent reason NOT to prepare your own herbal medicines, tea, or food from wild plants or plants growing in your garden unless you are an expert and know how to do so safely.

Prevention Tips

Foxglove is an attractive plant that grows throughout the United States. It grows in the wild and is cultivated in private gardens for its beauty. Its bell-shaped flowers are usually bright purple but can sometimes be white, cream yellow, pink, or rose and generally bloom in the spring. Foxglove also has a dry fruit containing many seeds. Both the flowers and berries attract children. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous.

The digoxin concentrations were elevated in both patients. The wife experienced very low heart rate. Her heart even stopped beating for several seconds at a time while she was in the ER. The husband also experienced low heart rate. Poison Control recommended giving both patients the antidote for digoxin. Both of the patients’ symptoms improved after receiving the antidote.

The botanical name for foxglove is Digitalis purpurea. You might recognize “digitalis” as the name of a heart medicine. In fact, the medicine is derived from this plant, and that is why measuring digoxin (a form of digitalis) concentrations in the blood can help detect foxglove poisoning. When formulated into a medication with a controlled dosage, digitalis is valuable in treating heart failure. It helps a weakened heart pump harder. People who eat any part of the plant or make tea from the leaves are, in essence, taking an unregulated dose of heart medicine. This can cause the heart rate to slow down or become irregular. Both can be dangerous and life threatening.

Poisoned?

If anyone consumes any part of the foxglove plant, do not induce vomiting. Call Poison Control right away at 1-800-222-1222. Expert assistance is available 24 hours a day.

Foxglove grows throughout the United States. It grows in the wild and is often cultivated for its beauty in private gardens. All parts of the plant are poisonous, possibly even deadly, if swallowed.

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This table shows a few non-poisonous plants. Familiarize yourself with these, along with the poisonous plants above.

Some plants can be poisonous if you eat them. Others can hurt you if you get them on your skin. For some plants, all parts of the plant are poisonous. For others, only certain parts of the plant are harmful. The danger can range from mild irritation to severe illness or death.

Even non-poisonous plants can cause choking if someone tries to eat them. Every situation is different; these lists are just a guide.

Non-Poisonous Plants

Eating any amount of any wild mushroom could be very dangerous. Mushrooms may look alike but be very different. Call Poison Control right away if anyone eats any part of a mushroom picked from a yard or the woods.

There are bold mushroom hunters and here are old mushroom hunters, but there are no old bold mushroom hunter. — A wise person.

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Call Poison Control if you have plants that aren’t on the list.

The table below is an illustrated list of selected plants. The information divided into 3 sections: