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Creeping Foxglove

Asystasia gangetica

Also known as

Rank Vingerhoedjie (Afr.), Isihobo

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-10b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

2m

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

    Seed

    Seeds will germinate 135 days after leaving the fruit. Sow seed in Spring.

    Division

    Remove plants already with roots from the mother plant and replant.

    Layering

    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.

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    Wet sites

    Can be invasive in wetlands.

    Attractive flowers

    Dainty bell-shaped flowers with purple dots in the throat.

    Attractive leaves

    Deep green leaves right through the year.

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Creeping Foxglove

    Medicinal

    In traditional African medicine, it is used to treat Asthma.

    Edible

    The young leaves can be used as green vegetable.

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