Epilobium canum 'Bowman's hybrid'

Epilobium canum ‘Bowman’s hybrid’

An upright, free flowering California Fuchsia up to 2′ tall. It has narrow grey-green leaves with orange/red flared, tubular, terminal flowers. Principle bloom period is late summer through fall. It spreads by underground rhizomes and can get to be several feet across if given room.

There are two Bowman’s plants. This is probably #1 given that it is upright. #2 is prostrate. They were selected by Ed Carman in the San Jose garden of Bob Bowman’s parents, who actively hybridized other California Fuchsia at UC Davis.

Pronunciation: ep-ih-LOW-bee-um KAN-um

Species Meaning: Ash-colored, gray, hoary

Cultivation Notes

Requires full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

Additional Information

This former name, Zauschneria, was given by the Czechoslovakian naturalist Karel (Charles) Borivoj Presl in 1831 to honor his fellow Czech, Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner (1737–1799), a professor of medicine and amateur botanist. Many still believe this is the right place for the plant because they share so little in common with other Epilobiums.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P19049

Found in Portal,

Along the fence line towards the back of the cutting garden.

We acquired this plant from Xera Plants.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Epilobium

Species: canum

Variety: Bowman's hybrid

Commonly known as: California Fuchsia

Height: <3ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn8a - down to 10F

Resistant to Deer.

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