While true fuchsias sulk in hot Southern summers, these South African natives like the weather just fine. They die to the ground in winter in the Upper and Middle South but remain shrubby in the Lower South. Plants grow 34 ft. high, spreading about as wide by underground stems or rooting prostrate branches. From sum- mer into fall, plants bear tubu- lar, curved flowers resembling fuchsias in loosely branched clusters. After bloom, cut out old flower stalks to neaten plants. In the Upper South, mulch heavily in late fall. Species can be started from seed, but named selections should be grown from cuttings or by layering bottom branches.
P. aequalis. Pyramidal clusters of dusty rose flowers. 'Yellow Trumpet' has pale yellow blooms.
P. Croftway series. British hybrids bred for compact growth and long blooming period.
P. capensis. More open and sprawling than P. aequalis, with loose clusters of orange to red flowers.
P. x rectus. Hybrids between P. aequalis and P. capensis. 'African Queen' has deep salmon-orange flowers with a yellow throat; 'Devil's Tears', scarlet with yellow throat; 'Moonraker', solid pale yellow; 'Salmon Leap', orange; 'Tommy Knockers', peach with yellow throat; 'Winchester Fanfare', deep rose with yellow throat. 'Pink Elf' bears pink flowers on a smaller plant than the usual (2 ft. high, 3 ft. wide). 'Sunshine' has dark red flowers atop golden yellow foliage.