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Monday Melange: California Fuchsia Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Monday, 08 August 2016
California Fuchsia

California fuchsia (Epilobium canum) or Zauschneria californica as it is formerly known, is an herbaceous perennial flower native to California and Baja California (Mexico). Hardy between USDA zones 7 and 10, it is a member of the Evening Primrose family (Onagraceae). California fuchsia is found north as Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming, and in the nearby states of New Mexico and Utah.

Blooming in late summer and early fall, the flowers of California fuchsia are red to orange-red in color and the foliage is grayish-green to green. Cultivars with orange or yellow flowers are also available. The long trumpet-like flowers attract hummingbirds, which are the primary pollinators of the flowers, and California fuchsia is sometimes called hummingbird trumpet for this reason.

Preferring full sun and well-drained soils, the California fuchsia is drought tolerant. There are several varieties of California fuchsia, some are low growing and can be used as groundcovers, others are taller, but all of them are prone to looking leggy. To avoid a leggy appearance, prune it almost to the ground once a year at the start of the rainy season. Mowing is also an option. Propagate California fuchsia from seed or by division. California fuchsia is disliked by deer, so if you're plagued by deer in your garden this is a good flower to plant.

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