Cape fuchsia

Phygelius  × rectus 'Devil's Tears'

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Cape fuchsia (Phygelius  × rectus 'Devil's Tears')
fy-JEE-lee-us ex REK-tus
Genus:  Phygelius
This evergreen shrub is often grown as a tender perennial where not hardy. It sports long spikes of red, dangling, bell-shaped flowers with yellow throats in summer. It makes a beautiful and unique addition to a perennial or shrub border.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Dangling, reddish pink flowers with yellow throats. Attracts hummingbirds.
Care:  Grow in full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Can be grown as a tender perennial where not hardy. Otherwise, mulch with a dry material in winter and cut back nearly to the ground in spring.
Propagation:  Start seeds in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in late spring.
Problems:  Weevils and capsid bugs may bother plants.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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