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Perennial- California Fuchsia

California Fuchsia 'Catalina' photo by badthings
Common Name: California Fuchsia 'Catalina'

Botanical Name: Zauschneria california 'Catalina'

Family: Onagraceae

Description: Very showy and fairly large upright, shrubby, flowering perennial; native to most of western US and northern Mexico

Sun: Best in full sun

Water: Drought tolerant, low water once established

Soil: Well drained, tolerates sand and clay soil

Habit and form: Densely branching shrub with soft, long light gray foliage; red tinted branches reach 2 to 4 feet tall    

Flower type: Tubular with four deeply bi-lobed petals

Flower color & bloom season: Bright orange-red flowers bloom summer to fall; blooms profusely

Uses for plant and/or flowers: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

Pruning time & method: After first year, trim back or shear in mid-winter to 1-2 inches tall for neat appearance the following season

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