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African Foxglove Organic
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African Foxglove Organic

Ceratotheca triloba
The eye-level spires of African foxglove attract hummingbirds and butterflies to their thimble-shaped flowers, each bell stitched with purple markings that guide bees to the pollen prize. Tall, elegant, and luminous at the back of moon gardens, where its soft grey-green leaves and pastel flowers glow!
SKU #S754OG
$5.00
Growing Companions
Hibiscus 'Mahogany Splendor'
Hibiscus 'Mahogany Splendor'
Hibiscus -  Sunset
Hibiscus - Sunset
African Foxglove 'White' Organic
African Foxglove 'White' Organic
Verbena - Tall
Verbena - Tall
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
64
Lifecycle
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
9,
10
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
5-6' h x 2-3' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Lavender trumpets of bloom with dark tracery
Features
Scented Leaves
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
Notable
Certified Organic Seed Available
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/8"
Sprout Time:
7-20 days
Seed To Bloom:
16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out after last frost. Keep at 70-75°F. Retain moisture by covering with plastic until germination occurs.
Starting Outdoors:
Sow in place after last frost in warm summer areas.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
Hailing from South Africa, African Foxglove is a tender annual, meaning it should be set out after the soil has warmed above 50°F and all danger of frost has passed.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
The botanical name of African foxglove refers to the horned seed capsules that develop along the stem; kerato means' horned', and theke refers to 'a case'. Tall and elegant, it has foxglove-shaped flowers in lavender with purple striations inside that bloom in succession along the sturdy stems. It is deer resistant and well-suited for large drifts at the edge of woodlands or in the back border with tall cosmos. Soft hairs cover the foliage and stems, which release a peanut butter scent when bruised.
Final Spacing:
1'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Somewhat drought tolerant, but performs best with about 1" of water per week.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost or an all-purpose granular, organic fertilizer in springtime.
Diseases & Pests:
Thrips can occasionally be troublesome. Treat with neem or other organic insecticide.