Phygelius Capensis – Cape Figwort

Phygelius Capensis, or the Cape Figwort, has established itself as a firm favourite among gardeners who like something a little out of the ordinary. Although sometimes accused of not being quite hardy, it can be grown in the open, excepting in exposed and northern districts. Even if cut by spring frosts, it will subsequently make new growth and soon replace the stems which have been cut back.

In the open border the plant normally attains a height of about 23-3 ft, but given the protection of a wall or fence, it will often grow up to 5 or 6 ft.

A moderately rich, well-drained site should be provided, and if feeding with liquid manure is given at 14-day intervals, the graceful, attractively shaped tubular, crimson-scarlet flowers will appear from June until September or even later.

Phygelius Capensis

Propagation is from cuttings, division or seed, while rooted plants can easily be secured from the suckers.

The form now usually grown is P. coccinea, the flowers of which have less orange than the type P. capensis.

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