Cape figwort, Phygelius 'Red Emperor'

Phygelius ‘Red Emperor’

Cape leadwort

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Phygelius 'Red Emperor'
  • Common name: Cape leadwort
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Semi-evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

Phygelius, commonly known as Cape figwort or Cape fuchsia, is a small genus comprising just two species, both of which are native to South Africa. As part of the Scrophulariaceae family, they’re related to verbascums, snapdragons and penstemons.

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Phygelius ‘Red Emperor’ is part of the Croftway series, bred in the UK by Malcolm Spencer. Like the other cultivars in this series, ‘Red Emperor’ is free-flowering, compact and bushy in growth habit. As the name suggests, ‘Red Emperor’ has rich cerise-coloured flowers. It looks fantastic as part of a sunny herbaceous border or in a large container.

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For best results, grow Phygelius ‘Red Emperor’ in full sun or partial shade in moist, fertile and well-drained soil. Cut back the flower spikes once past their best to encourage further blooms. Though it’s a semi-evergreen shrub, Phygelius ‘Red Emperor’ can be treated as a herbaceous perennial in colder locations, with a layer of mulch over winter to protect the roots. It can then be cut back hard in spring. Otherwise, lightly prune in spring to improve plants’ shape.

How to grow Phygelius 'Red Emperor'

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do Cut back in February

Do Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do Cut back in October

Do Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Phygelius 'Red Emperor' and wildlife

Phygelius 'Red Emperor' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Phygelius 'Red Emperor' poisonous?

Phygelius 'Red Emperor' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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