Phygelius, commonly known as Cape Fuchsia, is a genus of flowering plants native to South Africa. It’s admired for its tubular flowers and semi-evergreen foliage.
Size: Typically, Phygelius displays a shrubby, spreading growth habit, often reaching 3 to 4 feet tall and wide (90-120 cm), although some species can grow taller. It can be evergreen in milder climates, but in colder regions, it may die back to the ground and regrow in the spring.
Flowers: The flowers of Phygelius are one of its standout features. They are tubular or trumpet-shaped, hanging in drooping clusters, and appear in shades of pink, red, yellow, or orange. Depending on the variety, blooming occurs from late spring to the first frost, providing long-lasting color in the garden.
Hardiness: Phygelius is hardy in USDA zones 7-10, prefers well-drained soil, and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade, although it may appreciate some afternoon shade in hot climates.
Pollinators: Its vibrant, nectar-rich flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators, making it an excellent choice for wildlife gardens.
Uses: Common uses for Phygelius include in mixed borders, containers, and as an accent plant. Its tubular flowers also make it a lovely addition to a hummingbird garden.
An interesting fact about Phygelius is that despite its common name, it’s not a true fuchsia. Its name stems from the resemblance of its flowers to those of fuchsia plants, but it belongs to a different family (Scrophulariaceae).