Well the long and the short of it is, no-one knows! There is a child's story that tells how a wily fox placed the bells of a foxglove flower on his pads like gloves so he could sneak up on his chicken prey silently. But this is simply that, a fairy tail born from the name foxglove rather than being the reason it was thus named. And apparently no etymologist has managed to find why the Anglo-Saxon's first named this plant, foxglove but it would appear that Christina Rossetti knew it was all just a story.
With which he cannot see;
The cod-fish has a silent sound,
However that may be;
No dandelions tell the time,
Although they turn to clocks;
Cat's-cradle does not hold the cat,
Nor foxglove fit the fox.
|Image by Kelly Louise Judd|
This post was inspired by another foxglove post I read last week on Annie's How Does Your Garden Grow linky (which this week is being hosted by Gemma Garner). Thank you Kriss from Wild About Here for the inspiration.