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lancashire, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone tell me the official name of this plant and how to prune it after flowering? It is approx 6 foot tall and has been flowering well since june. when we bought it it was sold under the name dragons tears.




i think this is a phygelius or a cape fuchsia. Depending on where you live it might die back during the winter

21 Aug, 2008


Hello Graeme.

Abby is right.

Internet says:

Half hardy perennial, will require frost protection.

I hope this information helps.

21 Aug, 2008


Cut off the flowering spikes when all the flowers on that stem have faded. This should stimulate more flowers. If this shrub likes your garden, it spreads by suckers!

21 Aug, 2008


Even if it doesn't get cut back during the winter, I prune mine hard back in spring (to a couple of shoots) to prevent it getting too tall and straggly. As spritzhenry says, it may sucker and can be dug up and divided every few years

22 Aug, 2008


Hello Graeme
This looks like a phygelius (cape figwort). Got one in my garden and just cut it back in early April to ground level. Mine is next to the house and has spread like mad by suckers. If it's happy, then it totally romps away! For more info, The Flowering Shrub Expert by Dr D G Hessayon has a little bit. It's an excellent book and somewhat a Bible to me. Good luck.

22 Aug, 2008


I had one of these given to me this spring, was told it was a phygelius ( fuchsia family ) as above people suggest. Mine grew prolifically and am delighted at size of it in such a short time

23 Aug, 2008

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