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I do hope someone can help me out.



Sara 4

Bit of a wild guess, but could it be a fuchsia relation?  Is it a bush or a single stem plant?


Could be a Phygelius... how about a pic of the leaves/the shape of the plant? Then you will get a better answer and not just a guess like mine 

Sara 4

Well, it knocks out cape fuchsia ... I'm sorry I've no idea, but somebody will know.


Thanks Sara, just cant find it in any of the wifes books.



Not an expert at all, but the word croscosmia came into my mind - we used to have something with a flower of similar shape; self-seeded a lot I think ... but I'm remembering a much taller stem: if it is going reach, say, 40cm (ish) it might just be crocosmia.If it is I shall be so chuffed I recognised something.

No idea about the leaves though.


No sorry, not crocosmia - it has sword-like leaves (a bit like a gladioli).

I recognise the plant but it's name escapes me at the moment 


Flower looks a bit like a phygelius, but they're much bigger than that aren't they?

Sorry but we have that and the flowers have lots more flower heads.Leaves are also nothing like them.




... I would say that's Phygelius 'African Queen' [Cape fuchsia as already stated by Sara]... perhaps the original plant was dug out, as it often is as it's invasive and spreads by suckering... and these are suckers that have remained and are now growing away.. it's difficult to get rid of completely unless all these suckers are removed......

the leaves of these plants are rounded at the base, as can be seen, but get more elongated as the plants grow....

Hello folks.  At first I thought it was a fuschia....judging by the first photo. Looking at the next pictures I think it is phygelius.  Not sure about African Queen though because its quite a vigorous, strong growing plant.    Are there dwarf varieties?   Or, as Salino said perhaps they are suckers....that would be my guess too.  The foliage looks a bit anaemic and stunted as though it is a sucker.  Looks like others there too. I gave up growing phygelius few years back because they did sucker and I will not grow anything that's invasive in this way.  


this plant looks tiny, how big is it willie?

I'll be very surprised if this is phygelius


that's 8 inches max in old thinking. Phygelius don't come that small.

I'll have a look round



There are some heucheras with small green leaves and 6 to 8 inch spikes of vivid red flowers flamethrower is one of the modern cultivars but the ones i know are older.

Sara 4

Heuchera ruby bells?


..yes I think you're right about them being Heuchera's... well done..  obviously not many Heuchera growers on here...


I do a nice line in Heuchera killing Salino. I have one surviving Palace Purple

Sara 4

I've just tried looking on a Heuchera lovers site, the flowers aren't the same as ruby bells, but everything seems to be listed by name which doesn't help with identification!