South African Foxglove



Height: 4' (120cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Mauve

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Scrophulariales (Figwort Order)
Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame Family)
Genus: Ceratotheca
Species: triloba (with three lobes)
Ceratotheca triloba

Ceratotheca triloba is an annual or biennial from South Africa which has become popular in recent years. It is easily grown, with flower stems reaching a height of about four feet or more. They bear nettle-type leaves and large, fuzzy, soft mauve foxglove-type flowers with deep purple lines on the lower lip and throat in summer.

Despite its common name, it is not from the same family as the Foxgloves, which may be why the flowers are a more blue shade than Foxgloves.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:

Inside (8 days)
Inside (8 days)
Outside (207 days)
Seed Pod The seed pod is long and oval, with two points like ears.

Seed The seeds are small black pips. There are several seeds in each seed pod.

Seedling The seedleaves are slightly rounded. The first true leaves are pointed and softly hairy.

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