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Phygelius capensis - Cape Fuchsia

Phygelius capensis has a long blooming season. The unusual flowers are often held at odd angles, sometimes pointed back towards the main stem. The leaves are green with rounded small teeth. Cape Fuchsia comes from South Africa. Phygelius capensis is in the snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae). The stems of Phygelius capensis can run a bit. The plants get to 4' x 4' and slowly grow wider if water is available. I cut Phygelius capensis back hard in the winter as the stems die back anyway and it is easier to get at them all at once. There is some foliage damage in the mid 20°s F. Phygelius capensis is a potential larval food source for the Common Buckeye Butterfly and the Variable Checkerspot and could be a nice addition to your butterfly garden.

Phygelius capensis, Cape Fuchsia

Salmon Orange flowers of Phygelius capensis - Cape Fuchsia.

Other plants from the Genus Phygelius featured on this site:
Phygelius Moonraker
Phygelius Pink Stripe