Zauschneria are half hardy perennials that range from 30 to 60 cm (one to two feet) in height.
They bloom from summer through to the start of autumn, when they carry red hanging tubular flowers.
The foliage is greyish green.
A common variety grown in gardens is the California Fuchsia.
Zauschneria californica by Derrick Coetzee.
When growing California Fuchsia and related species from seed it is best to start them off outdoors. Sow the seeds in the springtime on the surface.
Zauschneria plants should be spaced at about 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 inches) apart
They are able to grow in either a sunny or partially shady part of the garden.
It is important that the plant grow in soils that have good drainage; a slightly alkaline to neutral pH of 7 to 8 should give best results.
They usually take one or two months to germinate at a temperature of 15 to 18 degrees centigrade (59 to 64°F) in the light.
Once Zauschneria becomes established pinch back the young tips; this will encourage branching and result in a bushier growth.
Dead-head plants regularly.
They are drought tolerant, so they have no special watering needs.
The Zauschneria genus consists of four species known for their bright red tubular flowers.
Yes, Zauschneria plants, commonly known as California Fuchsia, make a great choice for rock gardens and borders, providing late summer color.
Zauschneria californica, the California Fuchsia, is commonly grown for its vibrant red blooms.
No, Zauschneria plants are not known for their fragrance.
Zauschneria prefers full sun locations with well-drained soil. It's drought-tolerant, making it perfect for rock gardens and xeriscaping.
Currently, Zauschneria is not known to be invasive in the USA. Always refer to local regulations for accurate information.
To remove Zauschneria, uproot the plant making sure to remove all roots to prevent regrowth.
The Zauschneria genus, also known as California fuchsia or Hummingbird trumpet, includes perennial plants native to dry slopes and chaparrals of western North America. They are admired for their vibrant, tubular red flowers that are attractive to hummingbirds.
To grow Zauschneria, plant cuttings or seeds in spring. They thrive in full sun and prefer well-drained, even sandy soil. Once established, they are quite drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering and making them an excellent choice for xeriscaping or dry garden areas.