The Catalina form of California Fuchsia
Zauschneria californica, Catalina fuchsia with Anna Hummingbird.
Zauschneria californica, Catalina mixed with Solidago canadensis elongata
The Catalina form of California Fuchsia with Deer Grass and Wayne Roderick
This California fuchsia is a fairly large upright flowering perennial. Very showy in late summer and fall when covered with 1-2 inch fuchsia flowers. But the primary reason to plant it is for the hummingbirds that park in mass in the garden when this California fuchsia is in flower. Catalina fuchsia will grow in full sun to part shade but it prefers good drainage with a little extra water. A couple of feet off of a lawn or behind an english garden is about right. After it's established Catalina fuchsia and most of the California fuchsia become very drought tolerant. It will live through water rationing when the lawn and English garden die. About three plants per hummingbird. This California fuchsia doesn't have as much nectar as some of the other species, but Catalina holds it's flowers longer and still has considerable more 'hummingbird power' than most of the fuchsia in the trade, and is a great deal hardier.
(Syn Epilobium canum, 'Catalina')
California Fuchsia, Zauschneria or Epilobium