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Products > Epilobium canum var. latifolium 'Everett's Choice'
Epilobium canum var. latifolium 'Everett's Choice' - Everett's California Fuchsia

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Onagraceae (Evening-primroses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Zauschneria californica var. latifolia]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Epilobium canum var. latifolium 'Everett's Choice' (Everett's California Fuchsia) - A low-growing vigorous ground-hugging sub-shrub that remains under 6 inches tall by up to 4 to 5 feet wide with fuzzy gray-green lance-shaped small leaves that are covered with long whitish hairs. Vivid red-orange tubular flowers with flared lips are produced in profusion in the late summer into fall. It does its best in full sun or with afternoon shade in hot inland gardens and is cold hardy to 5-10 degrees F so useful in USDA Zone 8 and above. Quite drought tolerant, especially in coastal gardens but remains a fuller and more attractive plant with an occasional summer watering. Best in a well-drained soil but tolerant of heavier soils if care is used not to over water. California Fuchsia are also noted as resistant to deer predation. After the first year of establishment trim back or shear plants in mid-winter for a neater appearance the following season. A great plant along the path or draping over a rock wall where its flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. In his talk at the "Out of the Wild and Into the Garden" Symposium in 1992, Brett Hall noted that this plant was introduced by Cornflower Farms Nursery who got it from Everett Butts of Wapumne Nursery in the town of Lincoln, northeast of Sacramento, California. Originally it was thought to be from wild collected material but Mr. Butts claims he received it from a customer who lived in Berkeley. It is thought to be a selection of the race of plants usually called Zauschneria californica var. latifolia (now Epilobium canum var. latifolium) of which it is considered to be the lowest and most compact selection and reputed to be one of the most drought tolerant. Though it is noted as reseeding a bit in the garden, we have only found this to be a benefit! The name Epilobium is considered current but this group of sub-shrubs used to be called Zauschneria and are so different from the other Epilobium, herbaceous plants often called Fireweeds, that many California native plant enthusiast and even the experts often still refer to them as Zauschneria. This former name was given the genus by the Czechoslovakian naturalist Karel (Charles) Borivoj Presl in 1831 to honor his fellow Czech, Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner (17371799), a professor of medicine and amateur botanist. The name Epilobium comes from the Greek word 'epi' meaning "upon" and 'lobium' meaning "a pod" in reference to the flowers being superior, meaning that they sit above the developing seed capsules.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Epilobium canum 'Everett's Choice'.