Cape Fuchsia

Phygelius capensis

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phygelius (fy-GEL-us) (Info)
Species: capensis (ka-PEN-sis) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Citrus Heights, California

Richmond, California

Denver, Colorado

Westbrook, Connecticut

Gainesville, Georgia

Fairport, New York

Bucyrus, Ohio

Mill City, Oregon

Philomath, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Livingston, Texas

Bellevue, Washington

Bremerton, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Port Townsend, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2010, LindaCT from Westbrook, CT wrote:

I really enjoy this plant, as do the hummingbirds. It literally drips with nectar in the hotter weather. It is in bloom all during the summer and into the fall in my zone 6b garden. It dies back to the root during the winter and then in late spring sends up shoots. Very colorful and interesting addition to the garden. I mail ordered my first plant last year, but was very surprised to find one at a local nursery this year.


On May 6, 2006, stefanimc from Philomath, OR wrote:

This plant spreads aggressively by runners- sometimes putting up new growth as far as 6 feet from the orignial plant. I prune to 6" high in late winter, and must be vigilant in removing suckers.

However, it DOES attract hummingbirds and adds a bright spot to the garden.

Be aware before you buy.
I'm in zone 7-8, in western Oregon.


On Aug 17, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This forms a woody, somewhat sprawling shrub, in my Zone 9a garden in Bremerton, Washington. It needs some pruning to keep it in shape, and is now about 6 feet tall and with hundreds of inflorescences, flowering from June until at least November as long as old inflorescences are removed.


On Oct 18, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is an easy and often overlooked plant, usefully giving colour in the late summer and autumn when many plants are past their best