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Epilobium 'Sidewinder' - Sidewinder California Fuchsia

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Onagraceae (Evening-primroses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Zauschneria 'Sidewinder']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15° F
Epilobium 'Sidewinder' (Sidewinder California Fuchsia) - A low spreading subshrub to 16 inches tall and spreading to 36 inches wide with silvery gray-green lance-shaped small leaves and scarlet red flowers with flared lips in the late summer into fall. Best in full coastal sun or with afternoon shade in hot inland gardens and should prove cold hardy to at least 5-10 degrees F so useful in USDA Zone 8 and above. Most of the California Fuchsia are quite drought tolerant, especially in coastal gardens but we speculate that this one's parentage includes the more northerly Epilobium septentrionale, which appreciates a little more water than others but still should be allowed to go dry between waterings. 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. This new hybrid should prove to be a nice plant for a dry perennial bed, pathway edging or combined with other mediterranean climate plants for a splash of late summer and fall color. As with others in the genus this plant should prove very attractive to hummingbird. This plant is a 2013 introduction from Ball Ornamental Plants and is based on a breeding program conducted by Scott Trees involving a plant identified as Epilobium 'Wayne's Select', which we believe is another name used in the trade for Epilobium septentrionale 'Wayne’s Silver' a plant named by Nevin Smith to honor Wayne Roderick. 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 (1737–1799), 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. Image courtesy Ball Horticulture.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have 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 [Zauschneria] 'Sidewinder'.