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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Phygelius x rectus 'Winchester Fanfare'
Sunset zones: 4-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 8-9.
Heat zones: 9-8.
Height: 5 feet (1.5 m).
Width: 5 feet (1.5 m).
Showy, tubular, pale red flowers with yellow throats.
Four-inch long, deep green, ovate leaves.
Moist, well-drained, fertile soil.
Softwood cuttings in late spring.
Remove suckers in spring.
In the Northwest cut back to the ground in spring.
Rainy Side Notes
There are two species of phygelius that come out of South Africa. A cross of both species, P. aequalis and P. capensis, produced Phygelius x rectus and from there came hybrids such as P. 'Winchester Fanfare'. All are hardy here in our maritime climate. P. 'Winchester Fanfare' stays evergreen but sometimes becomes ratty looking toward the end of winter. A good pruning in early spring takes care of that, and it soon grows back to its full glory. It is a suckering shrub, so you want to site it carefully away from small plants. Away from other plants, you can easily dig out the suckering stems.
Cape fuchsias can use a mulch in winter, preferably a dry one. This shrub is an excellent nectar source for hummingbirds. Plant a phygelius and watch the hummingbirds flock to it.
Photographed in author's garden.