Zauschneria are half hardy perennials that range from 30 to 60 cm 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 apart, and 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 in the light.
Once Zauschneria becomes established pinch back the young tips; this will encourage branching and result in a bushier growth. Dead head the plants regularly.
They are drought tolerant, so they have no special watering needs.
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