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Foxglove - just how poisonous are they?

aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
I recently planted some foxglove seeds, however am now rather worried as I have been told that they are actually poisonous? Just how poisonous are they? Are they poisonous to humans and animals? I have three dogs that roam the garden and so am now thinking they may be unsuitable... can anyone advise?

Thank you!


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  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
    A lot of worry for nothing then I expect. Thank you!
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,313
    I grown foxgloves for many years and I've had dogs for 18years I've had no problems. Foxgloves self seed all over my garden, I pull up those I don't want and I grow others from seed.
    I've never seen either of my dogs take any interest in them. I would imagine they have a very bitter taste.
    Runner beans however are a different mater - she love runner beans, There are very few on my plants below 3ft

    All parts of a foxglove are poisonous
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  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
    I guess I can just keep a very sharp eye on them to make sure they don’t take any interest. Thanks for your reply. Hope you manage to salvage some runner beans!
  • Foxgloves are very poisonous to both humans and other animals, however after owning dogs (and cats) for many years there have been no problems with animals eating these. If your dogs are ever sick at some point I would advise keeping an eye on them since dogs try to eat grass and other plants when they are unwell. I have had foxgloves, lupins, lilies, daffodils etc. and had no issues at all. If your dogs have not shown interest in plants up to this point I would say there's nothing to worry about.
  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
    Perfect. Thank you :)
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