General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 1 - 2 feet
Plant Spread: 1 - 2 feet
Leaves: Other: prominently toothed ovate leaves which are greater than 0.23 in. wide with conspicuous lateral veins.
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: seeds mature 8-10 weeks after pollination; seed pods split laterally along the sides, releasing the seeds which have a feathery appendage for wind dispersal.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: scarlet to orange/red trumpet-shaped flowers.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Other: subsp. garrettii has the most variable bloom period and extensive range of all E. canum subsp.; found across the western states primarily on dry rocky slopes up to 5500 foot elevation; irrigation during dry periods prolongs the bloom period.
Foliage Mound Height: 2 feet
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: 59000 seeds per ounce; feathery appendages aid wind dispersal; in the right conditions it will self sow and/or spread from rhizomatous roots.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Other: hummingbirds
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Garrett's Firechalice
  • Garrett's California Fuchsia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Epilobium canum subsp. garrettii
  • Synonym: Zauschneria garretti
  • Synonym: Zauschneria latifolia var. garretti

Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On June 20, 2021 Transplanted
1 back yard, near docmom's "short, blue penstemon"
MrsBinWY On May 28, 2021 Potted up
5, ranging from 4" tall to <1" tall, all unbranched
MrsBinWY On January 31, 2021 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On November 22, 2020 Seeds sown
WS ~16 (all) seeds gathered from the library's 2020 swale. Brought container back in on 1-24-2021. Pretty dry (thanks to the danged HP potting mix). Watered the container and put it on the sewing table.
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