General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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
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
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
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
Division
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
Monoecious
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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

Photo Gallery
Location: Botanical Graden Meise - Nationale Plantentuin Meise - Brussel
Date: 2017-09-27
Location: Botanical Garden of Utrecht
Date: 2023-09-02
Location: full sun
Date: summer 2011
Location: western Oregon
Date: summer 2011
Location: western Oregon
Date: late summer 2012
flowers with seed pods
Location: western Oregon
Date: late summer 2012
flowers with seed pods

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Botanical Garden of Utrecht
Date: 2023-09-02
Location: Botanical Graden Meise - Nationale Plantentuin Meise - Brussel
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-05-05
Location: Desert Demonstration Gardens
photo by Stan Shebs
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-04-20
Location: RHS Harlow Carr alpine house, Yorkshire
Date: 2017-08-20
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Nov 10, 2012 
Still blooming the middle of November
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Sep 9, 2010

Credit NPS

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Leo Carrillo State Park, California
Date: 2012-08-04
Location: RHS Harlow Carr alpine house, Yorkshire
Date: 2017-07-13
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2015-12-20
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On February 4, 2017 Seeds sown
indoors
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
indoors
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Beautiful! by Marilyn Feb 19, 2013 2:01 AM 0

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by Zoia and is called "Twirling folds"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.