In the genus Phygelius are two species of evergreen shrubs from wet areas of South Africa. Resembling fuchsias, they are grown mainly for their long spikes of dangling, tubular flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow. The blooms attract hummingbirds. Phygelius can be grown as annuals in cooler climates. They work well in borders or near a warm wall.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen foliage. Dangling tubular flowers.
CareGrow in full sun or partial sun (in warmer climates) and fertile, moist but well-drained soil that is rich in humus. They do not like dry soil.
PropagationStart seeds in a cold frame in spring or take cuttings in summer. Rooted suckers can be removed and replanted as well.
ProblemsFairly trouble-free, but watch for figwort weevils and capsid bugs.