California Fuchsia, Hummingbird Trumpet

Epilobium canum

California Fuschia

Color: Red

Common name: California Fuchsia, Hummingbird Trumpet

Latin name: Epilobium canum

Family: ONAGRACEAE

Height: To 3 feet.

Description: It is a subshrub notable for the profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late summer and autumn. Petals 8–17 mm.

Leaf: 5–50 mm, linear to egg-shaped, green to grayish, sometimes strongly toothed.

Range: California Floristic Province, Desert Mountains

Habitat: Dry slopes, ridges

Elevation: < 3000 m.

Flowering time: Jul-Nov

Notes: Epilobium canum is often pollinated by hummingbirds. In a garden the plant prefers to be cultivated in well-drained soil exposed to full sun but protected from the wind, and needs little watering. Cultivated varieties come in other colors besides red — pink and white are common. It is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Photographed June 17, 2005 in the San Gabriel Mountains with a Canon EOS 10D, 100mm macro lens.

Source: Santa Monica Trails Council
www.smmtc.org/plantofthemonth/plant_of_the_month_200909_California_Fuchsia.htm

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