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.
Source: (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: . 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.