Foxgloves are also known by their Latin name of Digitalis. The best known of these, the common foxglove is a glorious purple color and is the most popular image of foxgloves available on Colourbox. Legend has it that foxgloves were gloves worn by foxes, perhaps suggested because the flower looks like the shape of a glove. It is also known to be the home of the fairies in certain countries.
Digitalis is the medical component of foxgloves and this is used to treat and prevent cardiac illness. However, this is a highly controlled substance and is toxic in overdose.