is the name of a genus of 18 species of plants
commonly called foxglove.
• These species are members of the Figwort family with medicinal value.
• The healing importance of these plants arises from their manufacture of chemical compounds called glucosides.
• Three heart stimulants and one heart depressant are found in the leaves and flowers of the genus.
• This genus of plants is an example of the ecological importance of certain strains of bacteria, fungis, plants and animals for possible sources of pharmaceutical drugs with therapeutic value for humans.