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Cape Fuchsia 'Devil's Tears'

Phygelius x rectus

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




Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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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:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 whol... read more


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.


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.


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, w... read more