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