PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Phygelius aequalis 'Candy Drops'|
|Cape fuchsia 'Candy Drops'|
|Although resembling a fuchsia, and just as attractive, this plant is not related. Tall stems bear dark-green, slightly glossy foliage and panicles of tubular, coral-pink flowers from late summer into autumn. Depending on location and severity of winter, the plant may perform like a hardy shrub, maintaining its top growth - in others it will die back and produce fast-growing, fresh growth from late Spring. In either case, phygelia will reach a height of between 1-2 metres. I have read that in its native Africa, Phygelius aequalis is used as a charm believed to prevent hail damage to crops! Seeds, when offered, cann't be guaranteed to come true.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow at 22-24C (71-75F), shallowly in spring, into good quality, moist compost. Pot up seedlings individually in 3in pots and grow on until large enough to plant out. Cape fuchsias are particularly happy in very moist, free-draining soil, but will tolerate drier conditions.|