The California fuchsia is blooming already! She’s not supposed to bloom until the fall. But like last year, she couldn’t wait. Which means I’m in store for gorgeous blooms all summer long.
The plant is Zauschneria or more technically speaking, Epilobium. It’s drought tolerant and grows in full sun. Pretty much maintenance free. People say the reason the plants bloom in the fall is to help the hummingbirds have extra food before they migrate south for the winter. They are bird pollinated plants, as the tubular shape of the flowers is prohibitive to bees.
I can attest to how much the hummingbirds love this plant. Maybe even more than I love this plant. Which is saying a lot!!!!