Phygelius Benth.

Possibly from the Greek phyge — flight, helios — sun, referring to its preference for the shade.

Small, hairless, evergreen or semi-evergreen subshrubs to 1 m or so tall. Leaves opposite, simple, upper ones occasionally alternate, round-toothed, stalked. Flower clusters terminal, often 1-sided, hanging. Calyx 5-parted. Corolla tube elongated, curved or not, lobes 5, rounded and bent backwards, scarlet to salmon or pink. Stamens 4(5), protruding. Fruit a 2-chambered capsule with numerous seeds.

Grown as herbaceous perennials for the attractive reddish flowers.

Seed and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Pendulous, tubular, mostly orange flowers with protruding stamens in unusual, widespread, open clusters.

2 species from S Africa.

Coombes (1988).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Scrophulariaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Phygelius capensis Benth.