The Q&A Archives: California fuchsias (Zaushneria)

Question: I live in Hayward CA where the soil is adobe-clay. I was told to plant Calif. Fushcus and would like to know where to find them. What type of plant are they? I can't find anything on them. I live in a mobile home and my planting space is small.

Answer: California fuchsias (Zaushneria) are nearly evergreen perennials or sub-shrubs native to most of California. They are bright green with bright red (some varieties are pink or white) trumpet-shaped flowers which attract hummingbirds. They are vigorous (maybe a little too much so in some spots) and drought-tolerant. There are plenty of specialty nurseries in the Hayward area which would carry or could order a California fuchsia for you.

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