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What's this plant?


By Balcony

Cambs, United Kingdom Gb

I got some cutting last year of this plant thinking they were a species of Fuchsia but now I'm not so sure. Anybody able to identify it?




Its Phygelius, can't remember the variety, might be African Queen, I'll check

8 Jul, 2009


Yep, Phygelius rectus African Queen. I've got it in the garden, damned invasive, spreads by root runners, but I love it anyway, semi evergreen, unusual flower spikes, unusual colour, grows more or less anywhere.

8 Jul, 2009


i also have something very similar 'winchester fanfare'. it has never run around. i also have it under the canopy of the beech tree.
its common name is cape fuchsia.

8 Jul, 2009


Yes, Winchester Fanfare doesn't run around, but the Yellow Trumpets is awful...had to get rid of mine eventually. Why do plants always run the wrong way?

9 Jul, 2009


My yellow trumpet vanished after thriving for several years :-( I loved it and wish it was more invasive here!

9 Jul, 2009


I've grown nearly all of them in my time, and I found African Queen to be the most vigorous and invasive of any of them. The yellow one in particular hates to dry out and often has brown, dead areas.

9 Jul, 2009


ah, now i was told my pinky one was winchester fanfare, so i take it it isnt.
I have quite a few in the candy drops range and so far so good.

9 Jul, 2009


Winchester Fanfare has yellow inside the flower's throat and is quite reddish, not really pink..

10 Jul, 2009


Thanks for the replies! Due to its similarity with Fuchsias one could be forgiven for thinking it might be a more "primitive" species of Fuchsia. If it is also called "Cape Fuchsia" it would be even more understandable!

If it spreads like you say, Bamboo, it won't be a problem for me as that particular one is growing in a fairly small pot, not more than 6". It does get a lot of water though. There is a bigger plant in an old clothes tub, underplanted with Hyacinths. Just a couple of days ago I "thinned" it out a little as it was getting too big for the allotted space & shading out too much other plants behind it.

I pinched out the growing tips a couple of times to make it bushier so only now are the buds forming.

11 Jul, 2009


It likes a lot of water. In a book of perennial plants by Phillips and Rix ( a photographic-type book) it is shown in the wild growing on the side of a waterfall!

15 Jul, 2009

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