• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Phygelius capensis

Cape figwort

Cape figwort

© � RHS 1988

  • Other common names Cape figwort
    Cape fuchsia

  • Synonyms Phygelius capensis coccineus
    Phygelius capensis 'Coccineus'

  • Genus Phygelius are evergreen shrubs, usually grown as herbaceous perennials in cooler areas, with simple, ovate leaves and large panicles of tubular flowers in summer and autumn

  • Family Scrophulariaceae / Scrophulariaceae

  • Species P. capensis is a vigorous semi-evergreen small shrub with triangular-ovate leaves to 8cm in length. Nodding, tubular, bright orange-red flowers 3cm in length in large open terminal panicles

  • Plant range Temp S Africa


  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand, Chalk

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in most fertile soils but may require some winter protection in colder areas. Can be grown as a shrub or as a herbaceous perennial

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or take softwood cuttings in late spring. Suckers may be detached and rooted in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back to base in late spring or pruning group 9

Pests Capsid bug may be a problem

Diseases Generally disease free

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