Phygelius capensis

Phygelius capensis

Common Names

southern river bell, wild fuchsia, Cape fuchsia (english)
rivierklokkie, foksia (afrikaans)
metsi-matsho (sesotho)


Genus Phygelius
Species capensis
SA Plant Number
Basionym Phygelius capensis


Phygelius capensis is a hardy, evergreen small shrub with glossy, dark green leaves. It bears spikes of beautiful, red, drooping, tubular flowers in summer.

Plant in sun or semi shade. It is beautiful planted in a mixed border or in swathes.

This long flowering plant October to July is also beautiful in pots and even hanging baskets where the flowers can be better appreciated.

Prune after flowering. Attracts sunbirds and insects to the garden. Should the plant sustain frost damage it recovers quickly in spring.

Traditionally used as a charm to ward off hail damage to crops.

Size Up to 1m




Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape

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