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PlantFiles: Cape Fuchsia
Phygelius x rectus 'Devil's Tears'

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

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative salem_gardener On Sep 13, 2011, salem_gardener from Salem, OR wrote:

I bought a house in Salem, OR that had been vacant for 5 years. The entire back yard was a jungle, but especially the cape fuchsia someone had planted as a border along an old picket fence. It had surrounded the fence on both sides, forming a low, thick, bushy hedge with about a 4 foot spread, spilling into neighboring flower beds and grass. I waited for it to bloom, to be sure of what it was, before I decided to get rid of it. The older growth was very woody and had to be dug up. The rest of it, we pulled and weed-whacked to the ground. New sprouts appeared in the same area. We pulled and weed-whacked those too. More new sprouts appeared. This summer we had the back yard completely re-done. We weed-whacked everything to the ground before the yard crew began their work. The whole area was sprayed with professional weed killer, the ground was machine tilled and raked evenly, a thin layer of soil/compost mix was spread on top, and finally new sod was laid down. Within two weeks, we noticed new cape fuchsia sprouts appearing all over the yard, in places we had never seen them before. They are even popping up from under our brand new sod! These little buggers must have spread from whatever remnants of the roots were left in the soil after it had been tilled! What a pain! We've also developed a mole problem since our yard was completed. The moles have disturbed all of our new plants, pushing up the corners of our sod, and even pushing my new pansies completely out of the ground. But they won't go near the cape fuchsia! It seems to be the only plant in the yard the moles won't disturb, and it looks happy and healthy despite the mole activity around it, and despite my best efforts to kill it.

Positive Joy On Oct 2, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've grown this plant in a container outdoors year round for many years. I repot it into a larger pot about every other year. It has a very long bloom season and has self sown but not to the point of being invasive.

Positive Leehallfae On Jun 15, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Easy to grow in a container. Keep the roots cool, and protected a bit, don't let the soil get dry, and it will be happy and bloom right through October.

Positive herbalmama On May 20, 2006, herbalmama from Poulsbo, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've chosen a positive report, even though I added that this plant may be invasive. I planted this Cape Fuchsia in my Mom's garden four years ago, here in the Puget Sound region, near Seattle. Her house is near the water, so her microclimate is a bit warmer than other Pacific Northwest areas. It was planted in good, but weedy (horsetail) soil, in full morning sun, afternoon shade and had average watering. Within a year, it grew quite large (3' H X 2'W). Within two years, it was sending out a lot of sucker growth, which has to be kept in check. The planting location was also on the edge of a terraced area, with a concrete block retaining wall, and the suckers have sprouted out from between the blocks. It can be easily pruned hard to keep it in shape, however, and it flowers freely, which keeps the hummingbirds present all summer.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Roseville, California
Dallas, Oregon
Neskowin, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington
Poulsbo, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Shelton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington (2 reports)

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