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Phygelius aequalis

Cape Fuchsia


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.

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