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Zauschneria californica 'Bert's Bluff'

  • Common Name
    California Fuchsia
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Perennial
  • Size
    2' - 3' x 2' - 4'
  • Flower Color
    Bright Orange
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    Silver-Green
  • Evergreen
    Deciduous
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Hummingbirds
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    Invasive
  • Special Features
    • Fall Color
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    5.5-6.4 (acid)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This Z. californica 'Bert's Bluff' varietal  has a large, brilliant orange flower with beautiful silver-green leaves. It is a clump-forming California native perennial that blooms from mid-summer into the fall. Companion plants to grow with it include; Achillea 'Moonshine', Nepeta ' Walker's Low', Artemsia, and Gaura.

    Plant in slightly acidic soil (pH 6 -6.5). Likes well-drained soil but will tolerate clay soil as long as it is not over-watered. Plant in full sun along the coast but inland this plant needs full morning sun with some afternoon shade. Needs minimal water but will flower more with occasional summer water. Prune back in early spring.

    This plant is a hummingbird magnet.

    No serious pests or diseases.

     

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This plant starts to bloom when some of my other perennials are beginning to slow down. I have it planted with Nepeta and Gaura and it really makes its corner of the garden pop with  color.

  • Varietals

    Z. californica 'Wayne's Select' -  scarlet orange flowers, 10" -12" x 20"