This plant has no fragrance
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Creeping Foxglove Overview
This plant is a spreading herb or groundcover, reaching 600 mm in height or up to 1 m if supported. The stems root easily at the nodes. The leaves are simple and opposite. The fruit is an explosive capsule which starts out green in colour, but dries to brown after opening. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Common problems with Creeping Foxglove
Few. They usually outgrow any larval damage done by butterflies!
How to harvest Creeping Foxglove
To harvest the seed, place a stocking over some spend flowers to catch the seed when fully ripe.
How to propagate Creeping Foxglove
Seeds will germinate 135 days after leaving the fruit. Sow seed in Spring.
Remove plants already with roots from the mother plant and replant.
If a stem with nodes touch the soil, it will quickly roots. Place a rock to hold stem in place and remove when well-rooted.
Special features of Creeping Foxglove
Attracts useful insects
At least 7 butterflies and moths need this plant for the larvae stadium.
Can be invasive in wetlands.
Dainty bell-shaped flowers with purple dots in the throat.
Deep green leaves right through the year.
Other uses of Creeping Foxglove
In traditional African medicine, it is used to treat Asthma.
The young leaves can be used as green vegetable.