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PlantFiles: Cape Fuchsia
Phygelius x rectus 'Moonraker'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Philthegarden On Mar 14, 2015, Philthegarden from Southampton
United Kingdom wrote:

Back cross between "Winchester Fanfare" and P aequalis "yellow trumpet".
described as a sub-shrub, mine grew to 30"x30" in three years and was evergreen. Pretty flowers profuse over several summer months.
as was commented elsewhere - suckers rapidly and spreads through other plantings. I removed it three years ago and have been pullling out suckers ever since.
suggest surrounding it with something like corrugated iron sheet buried to 18" to contain it!!

Positive woodylover On Aug 7, 2012, woodylover from Provincetown, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

In my zone 7 location, I find that a sunny, well drained site, and cutting back in the spring, not fall, seem to encourage its survival. My plants are not in overly rich soil, but actually a bit on the sandy, lean side, but with a top dressing of mulch in the spring. I have been encouraged to try other cultivars of phygelius, and am having success.

Neutral lehua_mc On May 17, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased three of these, and sadly have lost all after their first winter which dipped into the teens and single digits. I have now three of the 'Coral Princess', since two harsh winters in a row haven't taught me yet. I have heard that an embankment of manure (bagged stuff) does wonders to help marginally hardy plants get through our short stints of plant killing weather.
A note about the previous entry, I'm starting to be cautious about using the word "invasive" in lieu of "aggressive". "Invasive", "noxious" and "nuisance" are all key words used by states in producing lists of known plants that are over running native eco systems, and the like. Washington State University, home of the WA Master Gardeners seems to have no problem with this cultivar so far.

Negative francelia On Apr 27, 2009, francelia from Olympia, WA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very, Very INVASIVE. Did I mention it is invasive?

It spreads by rizome - big fat white ones and is near impossible to entirely remove.

It does bloom very nicely and the hummingbirds adore it. All the while though, the roots are growing and growing and exploring all parts of your garden.

I pulled mine out about 4 years ago and THOUGHT I got all the roots. not. Still pulling new plants from throughout the bed.

Positive Leehallfae On Jun 30, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Two of these were planted in my shade garden and they are in bloom.

They are easy care - apply SuperBloom 12-55-6 in June and watch the pretty blossoms that follow.

Positive Rain1950 On May 25, 2006, Rain1950 from (Zone 8a) wrote:

Picked up Moonraker, New Sensation and Lipstick Pink last year. Performed super and were a favorite with hummingbirds. Stayed green all winter even though a late 12 degree freeze burned the tips. Hard pruning in March. Have filled in great. Planted in well drained sandy loam ammended with compost. Have picked up Funfare Orange and Yellow Trumpet this year


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

Saint David, Arizona
Citrus Heights, California
Clayton, California
Encinitas, California
Fairfield, California
Fremont, California
Huntington Beach, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Vista, California
Chilmark, Massachusetts
Roswell, New Mexico
Southold, New York
Yonkers, New York
Bay City, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Garland, Texas
Enumclaw, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington (2 reports)
Port Orchard, Washington
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)
Shelton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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