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Phygelius × rectus 'Devil's Tears' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange, Red and Dark Pink in 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

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Cape figwort 'Devil's Tears'

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

'Devil's Tears' is a robust suckering shrub with dark green ovate leaves and large panicles of red buds opening to pendent, tubular deep pink flowers with orange lobes and yellow throats

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in most fertile soils but may require some winter protection in colder areas. Can be grown as a shrub or as a herbaceous perennial

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or take softwood cuttings in late spring. Suckers may be detached and rooted in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Cut back to base in late spring or pruning group 9

Pests

Capsid bug may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free