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Plant Guide

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"

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