Epilobium canum (E. Greene) Raven ssp. canum

Hoary Fuchsia
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)


Hoary fuchsia is a much-branched, wooly, perennial shrub slightly woody at the base that grows to 36" in height.  Rarely glandular, it has leaves that are densely fascicled, mostly linear and generally grayish.  The flowers are composed of 4 scarlet sepals and 4 scarlet petals, and are very similar to its close relative, California fuchsia.  Hoary fuchsia grows on dry slopes and ridges at substantially lower elevations than E. c. latifolium, primarily below 2000', in chaparral and coastal sage scrub from Los Angeles Co. north to Monterey Co. The blooming period is from August to October. It was formerly called Zauschneria cana.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Epilobium 2) canum.
Pronunciation: ep-il-OH-bee-um KAY-num.
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