AZ Arboretums

Zauschneria (Epilobium)

hummingbird flowerCommon: Fuchsia, Hummingbird flower
Family: Onagraceae
Sunset Zone: Vary by species; zones 4-6, 15-17, 22-24 constitute finest North American climate for growing fuchsias.
Light: Where summers are warm, windy, dry or sunny, protect from wind and needs partial shade.
Soil: Accepts variety of soils
Water: Water as often as possible. Hanging basket varieties need more water than any other form. In hot summer climates, mulching helps maintain soil moisture.

Varies widely; can buy or train fuschias in these forms: hanging basket, small to large shrubs, espalier, and standard (miniature tree shape).

Vary greatly, from erect growing shrubs 3-12 ft high to trailing types in hanging containers. Little flowered types have small leaves, and big flowered types have large leaves.

Bloom from early summer to first frost. At least 500 varieties in West. Range from white, red, pink, blue-violet, purple and shades approaching orange. Have no fragrance, but attract hummingbirds.

Common pests are spider mites and whiteflies, causing leaves to yellow and drop. Need some pruning in early spring.