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Common California Fuchsia Journal

Epilobium Canum ssp. Canum – California Fuchsia

Jun 27, 2010. - California Fuchsia - Epilobium Canum.
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The Common California Fuchsia (Epilobium Canum ssp. Canum, formerly known as Zauschneria Californica) is the first California native plant that I knowingly purchased. I picked this up along with a Sticky Monkeyflower and a Hummingbird Sage from the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks, CA. Although it’s probably the worst time of year to do it, I planted this in the summer and lucky for me it thrived in full sun and triple digit temperatures. The copious red trumpet shaped blooms led to a good harvest of seeds that I used to start baby plants in other parts of the patio garden. The hummingbirds will likely be spoiled for choice this year.

Although it is considered ground cover, I secured the longest stems to a trellis to give the pollinators better access. It seemed to do the trick as the hummingbirds spent a lot of time visiting this plant. The seedlings will be used as ground cover, as nature intended.

The Common California Fuchsia likes full sun and little water. Like related Fuchsia’s this will continue to bloom well into the autumn. It is not likely to get any taller than a foot or two but can spread a bit further. It grows quickly and to keep it looking good it is recommended to prune established plants back every couple of years to encourage fresh vibrant growth.

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Plant Meta Data

Common NameCommon California Fuchsia
Botanic NameEpilobium Canum ssp. Canum
Bloom PeriodSummerAutumn
Bloom Color
Light RequiredSun
Water ToleranceOccassional
Potential Size (H x W)2' x 4'
NotesAttracts Hummingbirds


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