South African foxglove

Ceratotheca triloba

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
South African foxglove (Ceratotheca triloba)
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Genus:  Ceratotheca

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 Characteristics: 

Delicate, graceful flowers. Aromatic foliage. Good cut flower.

Care: 

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

Propagation: 

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

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Annuals

Ceratotheca triloba