- Bright Scarlet Flowers in Late Summer
- High Quality Nectar for Hummingbirds
- Drought Tolerant
If you seek to plant native Western wildflowers that act as a resource for hummingbirds – your quest has ended! California Fuchsia (Zauscheneria californica) offers chalice-shaped, fire engine red flowers in late summer and autumn.
These are perfectly suited as a critical nectar source for Anna’s, Allen’s, Black-Chinned, Broad-Billed, Calliope, Costa’s, Rufous and Xantus’s hummingbirds. Get your binoculars out!
Plant this low shrub in containers or use as a groundcover to help stabilize hillsides and steep embankments. It will spread by rhizome. Annual pruning or mowing after the flowering season is done will encourage a strong showing for next year’s blooms. Plant poolside to encourage ‘flying flowers’ to visit.
This hardy plant adapts to average garden conditions with ease. Provide adequate water to establish, then it’s very drought tolerant once it is established. Consider this as a cornerstone of any xeric or water-wise garden plan.
Native to California’s foothills and dry slopes along seasonal creeks, this is an easy care perennial. If grown in full sun, you’ll want to watch the amount of water it receives. Found near seasonal creeks in the wild, give it a deep drink of water at least once a month in drier areas. They will also thrive in partial shade.
People snap these plants up, as they give much-needed color in the late summer. Don’t let this native beauty get away from you.