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Zauschneria californica

Californian fuchsia

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This unusual plant has spectacular flowers, similar in shape and size to those of fuchsias, growing on low-spreading, bushy plants with attractive light, feathery foliage in late summer and autumn. But unlike fuchsia flowers, those of zauschneria are all the same colour, a bright vermilion-red, and most stand out horizontally rather than hanging down. They are clustered together at the tips of the stems, held just above the foliage, so the plant forms its own leafy backdrop. Plants need very sunny, sheltered, well-drained conditions to survive the winter grow in pots in cold regions.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Zauschneria

Species: californica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to take cuttings: March to May


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