Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.
More likely to be spotted on a hillside in their native California, zauschnerias can thrive here too, providing they are planted in well-drained, gritty soil, and in a sunny spot.
These are precisely the conditions we have in our Dry Garden and late fall is a great time to see them.
This particular example, Epilobium canum ‘Chaparral Silver,’ has silvery foliage and orange-red flowers. As with all the zauschnerias, the flowers only start to appear late in the season.
Californian fuchsia is another common name for zauschneria and, although not actually a fuchsia, it is in the same family and the blooms do look similar.