Wild Foxglove

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Lamiales Pedaliaceae Ceratotheca Ceratotheca triloba

  • Plant Type: Bi/Annual plant.
  • Common Names: Wild Foxglove.
  • Colors: White, Mauve/Lilac
  • Flower Dimensions: Each flower is 1.97 inches in length.
  • Flowering Season: Summer and autumn.

Wild Foxglove

Ceratotheca triloba is an annual plant that belongs to the family Pedaliaceae. They can grow to a height of 1.5 to 2 meters.

Wild Foxglove F

  • Wild Foxglove plants can be bushy or single-stemmed. The stems can be red or yellow-green.
  • The leaves of the Wild Foxglove are soft and divided into 3 lobes. It measures 50 mm in length. The leaf margins are bluntly serrated.
  • The flowers of the Wild Foxglove are in spikes. They occur in pairs up in the stems. Only 2 to 3 flowers on a stem open at a time.
  • Each flower of the Wild Foxglove consists of 5 petals.
  • Wild Foxglove plants are slightly sticky, and their leaves, stem, and flowers are covered in fine white hairs.
Where can Wild Foxglove be mostly spotted?
Flower WatchingAfrica

Interesting Facts about Wild Foxglove

Wild Foxglove Flowers

  • Ceratotheca triloba[1] is the only species of the genus Ceratothica that is found in South Africa.
  • The genus Ceratotheca is from the Greek word “kerato” and “theke“which means “horned’ and “a case” respectively. The specific epithet triloba is a Latin word that means three-lobed. This describes the leaves of the plant.
  • Cerathotheca triloba is traditionally used to treat painful menstruation, stomach cramps, nausea, fever, and diarrhea.
  • The scientists isolated and characterized anthraquinone derivatives from the roots, stems, flowers, and leaves of C. triloba. The extracts showed antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
  • The leaf and root extracts of Ceratotheca triloba showed anti-cancer activity in vitro. In a study[2], the root and leaf extracts showed growth inhibition potential on a panel of cancer cells. The scientists stated that the plant is rich in anti-cancer compounds.

Wild Foxglove Plants

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Key References
  • [1]“Ceratotheca triloba | PlantZAfrica”. Accessed April 18, 2023. Link.
  • [2]“Anticancer activity of ceratotheca triloba | DUT Open Scholar”. Accessed April 18, 2023. Link.


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