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Phygelius × rectus Somerford Funfair Yellow


Cape figwort

Forming a suckering clump of upright stems up to 75cm (30ins), with oval green leaves this semi-evergreen perennial is rather like a hardy fuchsia in habit. From midsummer spikes of showy, slightly pendent, warm yellow tubular flowers appear at the top of the stems; a display which lasts through to autumn. An excellent plant to provide late summer colour in any sunny situation.


Plant in full sun in a sheltered bed or border. Also good for pots and containers.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Remove faded flower spikes to prolong flowering. In cold areas cut back in winter. If foliage and stems remain evergreen, cut back by in early spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous Seeds are toxic
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, City garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Typically available

From April to September