General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 2 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: foliage, plant size and form vary by subspecies; native populations are found at elevations from below 2000 feet to 10000 feet in most western states.
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: seeds mature 8-10 weeks after pollination; with feathery appendages for wind dispersal.
Fruiting Time: Other: often flowers, develops pods, and releases mature seeds throughout the blooming season
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: scarlet to orange/red tubular flowers; 4 red sepals, 4 two-cleft red petals, 8 red stamens and one pistil per flower.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Will bloom until killing frost; typically bloom August to October in wild.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Cut Flower
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/ounce; in the right conditions it will self sow and/or spread from rhizomatous roots
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: rhizomatous roots; can be invasive; prefers dry sunny rocky slopes.
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
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

Common names
  • Hummingbird Trumpet
  • California Fuchsia
  • Zauschneria
  • Hoary Fuchsia
  • Firechalice

Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On February 4, 2017 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On April 25, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
lovesblooms On April 2, 2016 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 5, 2016 Seeds sown
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Beautiful! by Marilyn Feb 19, 2013 2:01 AM 0

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