• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Zauschneria californica

Californian fuchsia

Californian fuchsia

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  • Other common names Californian fuchsia
    hummingbird's trumpet

  • Family Onagraceae

  • Genus Zauschneria can be deciduous or evergreen sub-shrubs, with small leaves and trumpet-shaped or tubular flowers in terminal racemes in late summer and early autumn

  • Details Z. californica is a spreading semi-evergreen shrub to 30cm tall, with small grey-green leaves and fuchsia-like, tubular red flowers 4cm long in late summer and early autumn

  • Plant range California

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in sheltered, well-drained beds, especially raised beds and in walls, where there is full sun all day

Propagation Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning not normally needed, cut back to rootstock in spring to renovate

Pests Slugs may damage young leaves

Diseases Generally disease free

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