How to Grow Cape Fuchsia (Phygelius Capensis)

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Cape fuchsia, or phygelius capensis, is a plant that has blooms that hang down like a fuchsia. Bring out the pendulous, tubular flowers of the cape fuchsia plant with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower gardening... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about the Cape Fuchsia or Phygelius. Now the Cape Fuchsia is not a fuchsia in any way. It just has blooms that hang down like a fuchsia and its really from the Southern Cape of South Africa. So the Cape Fuchsia, also known as the Phygelius Capensis is related to penstemon and snap dragons and not to fuchsias. And they're evergreen shrubs that are native to Cape of Good Hope. So that's a very, very tip of South Africa. And they are rock garden plants that get about four feet tall and they have red flowers in the summer. They love sun or part shade, but they need moist soil. They're from ocean conditions. They like well-drained. They also call them the Cape Figwort or they come in orange and pink. And they grow great in zones eight to eleven and they have pendulous tubular flowers that attract all type of birds and they always love the fact that in South Africa they have sun birds that love all of their different plants and Crocosmias in there, the Phygelius. But in America, we have the hummingbird so they take the place of the sun bird and they pollinate the different types of tubular plants. And the Phygelius is a gorgeous plant to have in your garden and they will be evergreen except for really cold, cold climate as they lose all of their leaves but then it will all be grown back in the spring. They're easily grows if there's a sunny spot with good drainage and you can enjoy them for many years.