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Epilobium canum ssp. angustifolium (Hummingbird trumpet)
Engard, Rodney G.

Epilobium canum ssp. angustifolium

Epilobium canum (Greene) P.H. Raven ssp. angustifolium (D.D. Keck) P.H. Raven

Hummingbird Trumpet, California Fuchsia

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Zauschneria californica, Zauschneria californica ssp. angustifolia

USDA Symbol: epcaa

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This woody-based, much-branched, gray-green perennial is more often noted for its width than height. It spreads rapidly underground by rhizomes. When not flowering the plant appears to be a tangle of narrow, woolly leaves and stems. Near the end of summer, earlier in some climates, flower buds appear and the intense scarlet, trumpet-shaped flowers often last until the first frost.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


Native Distribution: Baja CA, n. to s.w. OR
Native Habitat: Dry, mostly stony or gravelly places

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Various, well-drained soils.


Description: Propagates easily from seeds sown in spring, stem cuttings taken in fall or root divisions made in early spring.
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Epilobium canum ssp. angustifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Epilobium canum ssp. angustifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Epilobium canum ssp. angustifolium


Record Modified: 2023-02-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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