Gray California Fuchsia (formerly
Zauschneria cana) is a
gorgeous, reliable, easy care, drought tolerant late
summer/early fall blooming plant with profuse bright orange-red flowers. Its
soft gray foliage and 1-2 inch long flowers are light and airy and move
gracefully with the breeze.
Gray California Fuchsia is a very
important fall blooming plant, not only for the much needed boost of color,
but also for the nectar rich flower tubes that feed the hummingbirds.
In fact, this plant is sometimes called Hummingbird Trumpet
because its narrow flower is just the
right shape for their tiny little tongues to lap up sweet nectar. Since
hummingbirds average 1000 flowers a day, it is fortunate that this shape keeps
out a lot of competing insects.
The plant above is actually one plant that has spread to
cover 20 feet or more over about 10 years. This photo shows the new spring
growth that emerges from the ground in late March here in zone 8. We cut our
plants back to the ground each fall. Once
established Gray California Fuchsia can take quite a bit of drought but
looks better with regular watering.
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