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South African foxglove

Ceratotheca triloba

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A rare and graceful beauty, this plant is not a true foxglove, but its flowers are similarly shaped and hang in clusters. They come in shades of white and pink with pale violet stripes highlighting the inner throats. This plant’s soft coloring brings the delicacy typical of spring-blooming plants into the summer garden. The gray-green foliage has a distinctly nutty fragrance and is deer resistant. As a large-scale plant, South African foxglove holds its own when planted among shrubs and is best complemented by plants with deep purple foliage. It also makes a good cutting flower.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsDelicate, graceful flowers. Aromatic foliage. Good cut flower.

CarePlace plants in an area with well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Plants are extremely drought tolerant.

PropagationSow seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last frost or directly in the garden after danger of frost has passed.

  • Genus : Ceratotheca
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Foliage
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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