From South Africa. Woody-based perennials that die to the ground in cold climates, remain shrubby in milder areas. Related to snapdragon (Antirrhinum) and penstemon, but drooping flowers also suggest fuchsia. Plants grow to 3–4 ft. tall, spreading about as wide by underground stems or rooting prostrate branches. Dark green leaves are 3 1/2–4 1/2 in. long, oval and pointed, with finely toothed margins. Bloom from summer into fall, bearing tubular, curved flowers in loosely branched clusters at stem ends. To keep plants neat, cut out old flower stalks after bloom. Mulch roots in cold-winter regions. The species can be started from seed; named varieties should be grown from cuttings or by ground layering.Phygelius aequalis
Pyramidal clusters of dusty rose flowers. ‘Sani Pass’ has purplish pink flowers that are creamy yellow inside. ‘Trewidden Pink’ bears dusty pink, yellow-throated blossoms tipped in red. ‘Yellow Trumpet’ has pale yellow blooms.
More open and sprawling than P. aequalis, with loose clusters of orange to red flowers. Grows to at least 3–4 ft. tall and wide.Phygelius x rectus
Hybrids between the P. aequalis and P. capensis. ‘African Queen’ has orange flowers with a yellow throat; ‘Devil’s Tears’, scarlet with a yellow throat; ‘Moonraker’, solid pale yellow; ‘Salmon Leap’ and ‘Winchester Fanfare’, salmon-pink with a yellow throat. ‘Pink Elf’ bears pink flowers on a smaller plant than the usual (2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide).
From South Africa. Woody-based perennials that die to the ground in cold climates, remain shrubby in m...
From Japan. Possibly the hardiest of the banana clan. Grows to 15 ft. tall, with narrow green leaves a...
Pyramidal clusters of dusty rose flowers. ‘Sani Pass’ has purplish pink flowers that are c...