Sunday, August 24, 2008

Flower Of The Day - Sunday, August 24th

Zauschneria californica

Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom
Zauschneria californica (Epilobium canum), or California Fuschia as it is commonly known, is a profuse late-blooming Big Bear native which thrives in poor rocky soil and full sun at our 6,750' elevation.
It's a perfect plant for the rock garden and an excellent butterfly & hummingbird attractor. Ours are from locally collected seed.

California Fuschia
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom

The above photos are from one of several patches of Zauschneria blooming in the garden today.

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Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Lovely photos--do you get much hummer action at this bush?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Thanks Linda, and I apologize for not responding to your other recent comments.

Lately, it seems that I can barely find time get an occasional picture posted, and even less, to actually write something or keep up with comments.

In answer to your question, yes, there seems to be at least 3 Anna's Hummingbirds visiting here right now and, since the penstemons are well past peak, the hummers are most often seen at the California Fuschia, Rose Sage, and Indian Paintbrush

8:18 PM  

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