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    Epilobium canum (Zauschneria californica) (7994782744831)
    Epilobium canum (Zauschneria californica) (7994782744831)

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    California Fuchsia

    California Fuchsia

    Epilobium canum (Zauschneria californica)

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    Mature height
    2-4 ft.
    Mature Width
    3-5 ft.
    Sun exposure
    Full Sun
    Watering
    Low
    Growth Rate
    Fast
    Grows Well in Zones
    8, 9, 10
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    Description

    For the plant purist that wants au naturel, Epilobium canum (formerly Zauschneria californica) is a summer blooming California native plant that is perfect for the waterwise landscape. This naturally sprawling, mounding perennial with grey-green leaves has vibrant orange-red tubular flowers that act like a dinner bell for the hummingbirds.

    Epilobium canum is naturally found throughout the state on dry, rocky hillsides and canyons, and is the perfect addition in a dry garden, rock garden, California native garden, or on slopes for erosion control. Also commonly known as the Hummingbird Trumpet, Epilobium canum is pollinated by hummingbirds and is a must have for the Hummingbird-friendly garden.

    This species spreads by rhizomes and seeds, and is perfect for that wild area in your garden or slopes designed by Mother Nature to create a restorative natural landscape. Although there is variability in the size of Epilobium canum, it is not as low as ‘Everett’s Choice’ or as upright as ‘Catalina’.

    California Fuchsias are low-maintenance and drought-tolerant making them ideal for busy gardeners who want a plant that looks beautiful without requiring a lot of attention. The show stopping, orange-red, summer flowers of Epilobium canum appeal to hummingbirds and humans and are sure to bring joy and excitement to your outdoor space.

    Plant care

    The best time to plant California Fuchsia is October through April. This will allow the roots time to become established before the hot dry summer. Generally, the plants in the nursery pot are in some stage of dormancy or have been pruned during this time and the tops of the plant are not that exciting but the plant will be spectacular in summer and is worth the wait.

    California Fuchsia has brittle stems and breaks easily and should be handled gently when planting. Also, consider planting away from high traffic areas where damage to these brittle stems will occur.

    Epilobiums (or Zauschneria) prefer well-drained, sandy or loamy soil in full sun, or afternoon shade in hotter inland climates. They flower best if they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

    Water deeply after planting to help establish roots then water occasionally thereafter allowing the soil to dry out in between. Epilobium canum may look better with some summer irrigation as long as the soil is fast-draining. Avoid overhead irrigation. (Generally, Epilobiums do not like summer irrigation especially in heavy clay soil). In the winter, the plants should be watered very sparingly or not at all as the seasonal rains may be sufficient. Drought tolerant once established.

    Epilobiums are perennial plants that may go dormant or semi-dormant in the winter depending on the growing zone and climate.

    California Fuchsia look scraggly after flowering and should be pruned by late fall or early winter after they have finished blooming. If pruned, they will come back in spring looking lush and healthy. If your plant is still young, then lightly prune tips to encourage fuller growth. If your Epilobium has been in the ground more than 2 years it can be pruned back by 1/3 to 1/2 to encourage a more compact growth habit and promote more blooms the following year. Dead or damaged growth should also be removed as needed throughout the year.

    Epilobium canum exhibits irregularity in size and appearance due to the variable plant sources and method of propagation which is either grown from seed or cuttings.

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