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Epilobium canum (Greene) P.H. Raven ssp. latifolium (Hook.) P.H. Raven

California fuchsia, hummingbird trumpet

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyOnagraceaeWillowherb/evening primrose family
GenusEpilobiumFrom Greek epi, “upon,” and lobos, “a pod or capsule,” because the flower is attached directly to the ovary
Speciescanum“Ash-colored, gray, hoary”
ssp.latifolium“Having wide leaves”

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California fuschias are natives to California, with this variety found in several nearby states as well. Prized by people and hummingbirds alike for their flowers, they are available from many growers. They can spread quickly and are sometimes considered invasive. They are members of the evening primrose family.

Identification: Plants are 18-24" (45-60 cm) high. Most are scarlet red, though some are dark red. There are several closely related species, but this is the only one that occurs outside of California.

Online References:

Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert



The Theodore Payne Foundation

Turner Photographics' Wildflowers site


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council’s Plant of the Month site

SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Zauschneria californica

Epilobium canum

Epilobium canum (Greene) P.H. Raven var. latifolium (Hook.) N.H. Holmgren & P.K. Holmgren

Zauschneria californica C. Presl ssp. latifolia (Hook.) D.D. Keck

Zauschneria latifolia (Hook.) Greene

Zauschneria latifolia (Hook.) Greene var. arizonica (Davidson) Hilend


Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Epilobium canum (California fuchsia, hummingbird trumpet)

5/22/2009 · Red Rock Loop, Ari­zona
≈ 2½ × 3" (6.3 × 8.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Epilobium canum (California fuchsia, hummingbird trumpet)

6/3/2009 · Zion National Park, Utah
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)


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