Hummingbird Trumpet

Humminbird trumpet (Epilobium canum ssp. garrettiiCommon name: Hummingbird trumpet, Garrett’s firechalice, wild fuschia

Botanical name: Epilobium canum ssp. garrettii (syn. Zauschneria latifolia var. garrettii)

Virtues: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Flowers: Bright red tubular flowers to two inches long appear from midsummer into fall.

Foliage: Narrow, one-inch-long bright green leaves that turn purple in the fall.

Habit: Perennial one to two feet tall and two to four feet wide.

Season: Late summer. Origin: Dry slopes and chapparal of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Arizona.

Cultivation: Grow in full sun or part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. Pinch back new growth o encourage a bushy shape. Spreads by underground stems (rhizomes). Deer resistant. USDA Zones 3–10. Image attribution

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5 thoughts on “Hummingbird Trumpet

  1. So is this plant good for Arizona or not? I feel like I’ve seen it all over the place, but it very well could be a different plant. it would look nice in my yard if it’s good for Arizona. I recently ordered a new Arizona sod that is shade tolerant, TifGrand, from Evergreen Turf. So why not add a vibrant shade tolerant plant to my landscape.

  2. I have seen the wild plants growing at over 9,000 feet in the Wasatch Mountains Utah,so it must be very cold hardy,yet It is also very heat and drought tolerant,although I do recommended periodic watering during the summer. It can also grow in full sun or partial shade.One of my favorite plants for a native xeriscape,adding color in late summer and autumn when many other natives have stopped blooming,and the hummingbirds to love it. Make sure and give it plenty of room because it will spread with rhizomes and eventually form almost a sod.

  3. I found conflicting info when looking for the hardiness of this plant. I’m changing the originally published zones in the article to reflect the hardiness reported by our readers: Zones 3–10. Thanks!

  4. The USDA zone for this plant is at least Zone 4/5, not 8 as stated in the article. We use it a lot in Utah both in a regularly irrigated perennial beds and in xeriscapes. Loves the sun. Californica and Arizonica are taller than Garettii.

  5. I’ve been growing Zauschneria in my zone 3-4 Montana garden for years (purchased from High Country Gardens). Getting established it benefits from some afternoon shade. It will reward you with months of bloom time. That said, hummingbird trumpet is not a color you can ignore. Mine is in the “orange bed” with various blanket flowers, coreopsis, and blue oat grass. The hummers do love it, as do we.

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