Epilobium canum ssp. canum

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Epilobium canum ssp. canum
Epilobium canum ssp. canum

Species Name: Epilobium canum ssp. canum
Common Name: Hoary fuchsia

Showy red trumpet-shaped blooms in summer and fall! A favorite of hummingbirds. Recommended for erosion control. Reseeds easily. Tolerates heavy soils.

Plant Family: Onagraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Late Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Red
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California except Great Basin, High Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes and ridges below 4800'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "the plants throw up many wiry stems 1 to 2 feet high with narrow, gray green foliage. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, brilliant scarlet, appearing from late summer to early winter, when the plants are often a mass of brilliant color. A wonderful plant for covering dry banks, flowering as it does during the driest portion of the year, after other flowers are passed. Fine for rock gardens. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.