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PlantFiles: Cape Fuchsia
Phygelius x rectus 'Sunshine'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phygelius (fy-GEL-us) (Info)
Species: x rectus (REK-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunshine

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JanaDiane On Sep 6, 2013, JanaDiane from Magalia, CA wrote:

Zone 8a. Cut back hard in January to increase bushiness and foliage color. I have this with dark purple ground cover and other contrasting plants. It's color and height makes it a stunning focal point. I planted it two years ago in high shade and a little morning sun. I am not getting the continuous blooming it is said to have. Perhaps too young or not enough sun? No matter, I love this plant for it's shape, height and color.

Positive ogon On Jun 2, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of my favorite plants in the garden. I purchased a Cape Fuchsia in a 3in pot last summer, and it grew rapidly all year. This spring it it about 4ft tall and 3ft around. It started blooming mid-May this spring, and last summer bloomed continuously until November. It's a hummingbird favorite, and I have it planted near a bedroom window for birdwatching.

Positive Happenstance On Oct 5, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Chartreuse foliage and consistant bloomer.


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

Clayton, California
Cloverdale, California
Magalia, California
Paradise, California
Clayton, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Wilsonville, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Newport News, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
North Bend, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington (3 reports)

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