Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Epilobium septentrionale

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Species Name: Epilobium septentrionale
Common Name: Humboldt County fuchsia

Silver foliage groundcover with bright red-orange flowers that are a favorite of hummingbirds. Reseeds easily. This northern CA species needs extra water and afternoon shade in hot inland gardens.

Plant Family: Onagraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Clumping, spreads from roots
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coastal: Sun; Inland: part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Late Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Red-orange
Endangered?: List 4/RED 1-1-3
Distribution: North Coast, Outer North Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Douglas fir forest, mixed evergreen forest. Elevation: 300' to 5000'

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History
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rare species for which we are indebted to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The plants only grow 8 to 12 inches high and spread out, making a good sized mat. The foliage is more or less green in winter but becomes silvery in summer and fall. The flowers are large, brilliant scarlet and appear in great quantities. Found in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties blooming in late summer and fall it makes a striking appearance -- the scarlet blossoms contrasting well against the silvery foliage. Should make a good rock garden plant. Gallon cans, 50c."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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