Thursday, 5 May 2016


Phygelius, common names Cape fuchsia or Cape figwort, is a genus of flowering plants in the Scrophulariaceae family, native to wet slopes and banks in southern Africa. They are evergreen shrubs often treated as perennials in colder climates. They bear many pendent tubular flowers over a long period in summer, in shades of white, yellow and red. The vague similarity of the blooms to fuchsias has led to the common name Cape fuchsia, though they are not closely related.

Several cultivars are available for gardeners. Some are hybrids between the two known species. Development of the cultivars has taken place primarily in the United Kingdom in order to create varieties better fitted for the colder climate. Illustrated here is Phygelius x rectus 'Raspberry Swirl'.

This has tall stems of raspberry pink flowers. It is a charming semi evergreen that is fast growing, long blooming and really hardy. All these strengths combined make it a valuable garden plant. Phygelius 'Raspberry Swirl' will add a dimension of height to your beds and borders. The flowers open from November right into February.

Phygelius 'Raspberry Swirl' favours a full sun to semi shade position. Protect from severe frosts and if the foliage is damaged simply wait until danger of future frosts has passed and then prune the damaged foliage. It will reshoot in spring. In cold climates it is herbaceous. A good choice for pots or hanging baskets where the blooms can be admired without stooping. Also good at the back of beds and borders or along fence lines.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.

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