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Phygelius × rectus 'African Queen' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Suckering

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow and Pale Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Cape figwort 'African Queen'

Family

Scrophulariaceae


Phygelius are evergreen shrubs, usually grown as herbaceous perennials in cooler areas, with simple, ovate leaves and large panicles of tubular flowers in summer and autumn

'African Queen' is an erect, suckering plant with dark green ovate leaves and large panicles of nodding, tubular pale red flowers, yellow in the throat

Synonym(s)

  • Phygelius aequalis 'Indian Chief'
  • Phygelius × rectus 'Indian Chief'
  • Phygelius 'African Queen'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. In frost-prone areas, shelter from cold winds and provide a dry winter mulch

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring. Propagate by removing rooted suckers in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders or City/Courtyard Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back to the base in spring

Pests

May be attacked by figwort weevil and capsid bug

Diseases

Generally disease free