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Phygelius x rectus

Cape Fuchsia
Scrophulariaceae
Perennials

PHYGELIUS

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 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).

 

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