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Cape cowslip

Phygelius spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Cape cowslip Overview

Natives of damp areas and riverbanks of South Africa, this genus of only 2 species of perennial plants are in the Scrophulariaceae (figwort) family. In the wild in milder areas they are evergreen shrubs but when cultivated in colder climates they are often grown as herbaceous specimens and allowed to die down over winter unless given some protection from frost. They have attractive pendant tubular flowers in shades of white, yellow and red and several cultivars and hybrids have been developed mainly to breed varieties more suited to growing in the UK.

Common problems with Cape cowslip

How to propagate Cape cowslip

Cuttings

You can propagate by softwood cuttings in the summer.

Other uses of Cape cowslip

Grown for their showy, tubular flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.