2' - 3' x 2' - 4'
Adverse Growth Factors
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.
Z. californica 'Wayne's Select' - scarlet orange flowers, 10" -12" x 20"