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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Medicinal Plants

Digitalis

by Roberta Maria Atti

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Art: Digitalis by Artist Roberta Maria Atti
Digitalis means "finger-like", in Latin, a well-suited name, probably chosen because this plant's buds fit snugly around one's finger-tips, thereby creating a resemblance between a single flower and a single human finger. Digitalis is well-liked by gardeners and butterflies lovers for its attractive colors, mostly in the pink, white, magenta range, but occasionally yellow as well. Its claim to fame, however, comes from the fact that it contains a powerful heart stimulating substance, from which the drug Digoxin or Digitoxin is made (from the leaves of the second year's plant, to be exact). Be careful though, this is not a plant that lets itself be treated casually by thrill-seeking fools. It can easily save lives or just as easily end them, depending on the dosage and patient's condition. One of the most frequent ways of misusing this plant is as an appetite suppressant/weight-loss aid. Again, great care must be exercised when utilizing such unenlightened shortcuts to a slender body, as one's appetite could indeed be lost...forever.

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