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Phygelius Moonraker - Cape figwort

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Not many gardeners know phygelius, and they deserve to be more widely grown because they are ideal for many of our gardens. The plants are tall, elegant, have abundant flowers which pollinators love, and thrive in a mild coastal climate year round. In colder gardens, give them a generous warm mulch blanket to sleep through winter, and they'll bounce back in spring.

bush image: Andrey Zharkikh cropped to size.

Phygelius x rectus 'Moonraker' - Cape fuchsia, Cape figwort

DESCRIPTION: Pronounced fi-JEELY-us or fi-JELLY-us. Evergreen South African herbaceous perennial or shrub, with aromatic leaves and tall stems of creamy-yellow tubular flowers in summer, like a foxglove.
USE IN: Cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, large pots, for colour in mixed beds.
PLANTING: Plant in a full sun position in the garden, mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Frost hardy.
CARE: Prune hard after flowering in frost-free areas, or in spring when growth begins in cold ones, to encourage fresh growth and heavier flowering. Fertilise in spring using a slow release fertiliser, give an extra boost during the summer heat using eco-seaweed and regular watering.
HEIGHT & WIDTH:  1 - 1.5 m H x 1 - 1.5 m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm in height including the pot height of 80 mm x 42 mm wide.

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