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Echeveria cultivars

Attractive evergreen clumping succulents, forming rosettes of waxy leaves with graceful flowers of yellow, orange, pink or rose on arching stems in late spring/summer. Not commonly found in true hot desert conditions, many echeverias originated in high, cold, plateaus of Mexico, the Peruvian Andes, tropical areas of South America, and a few in Texas. They are drought tolerant, but appreciate water while actively growing in summer, provided they dry out in between. Well drained soil is very important. Many are situated on mountains and rocky cliffs, giving them resistance to cold, and allowing any water collected in the middle of the rosette to drain off. Not typically frost hardy, they withstand cold (to 20 degrees) if kept protected (from frost) and dry (stop watering in late fall then begin sparingly in the spring). Many do well if grown under the protection of eaves or tall shrubs or trees, in a bright spot.  Flowers are long-lived in arrangements. Fantastic in containers, grouped with other succulents.
Elymus californicus  California bottlebrush grass
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Elymus californicus

(California bottlebrush grass)

California bottlebrush grass is a tall robust grass with broad, bright green blades and nodding brushlike flower spikes. Uncommon in the wild it can be found in coastal counties on shaded banks and wooded areas, including redwood forests. Displays 3 - 6 ft. tall flower stalks with low foliage up to 1 ft. high. Provide moderate to infrequent irrigation. Deer resistant.

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Elymus glaucus

(blue ryegrass)

A stiffly upright clump-forming grass with blue-green blades native to much of the western U. S.. The flowers form bristle-tipped narrow, vertical spikes, rising 2-3 feet tall. Easy to grow and a strong reseeder for full sun to light shade. Summer water keeps plants green longer, will go dormant with drought. Adaptable. Deer resistant.

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Elymus triticoides

(creeping wild rye)

Spreading, turf forming, perennial grass found in somewhat moist areas in many plant communities throughout California. An important restoration species useful for holding soil and enhancing wildlife habitat value. Growing 1-3 ft. tall and spreading widely with an extensive network of rhizomatous roots which both hold soil and help prevent exotic weed establishment within their dense mats of roots and foliage. Slender blue-green blades are topped with narrow flower spikes. Excellent for moist bottom land and riparian areas where it can grow in full sun to light shade and tolerates many soil types. Will tolerate some drought in heavier soils. May be too vigorous for small gardens.
Elymus (Leymus) condensatus 'Canyon Prince' giant ryegrass
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Elymus (Leymus) condensatus 'Canyon Prince'

(giant ryegrass)

Beautiful selection from the Channel Islands off Southern California. Lovely silver-blue blades 2 1/2 to 3 ft. tall and spreading. Sun to very light shade, moderate to little water. Tolerates heavy soil. Spreads by rhizomes, vigorously and invasively. Best to use where a large patch is desired.  Drought and deer tolerant.
Encelia californica 'El Dorado' bush sunflower
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Encelia californica 'El Dorado'

(bush sunflower)

Plant description coming soon.
Epilobium  'Chaparral Silver' California fuchsia
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Epilobium 'Chaparral Silver'

(California fuchsia)

This California fuchsia that we obtained from another grower appears to be identical to our ‘Roger’s U. C. Hybrid’ - same lovely gray foliage 12 -18 inches tall, spreading, with narrow red tubular flowers that the hummingbirds love. Provide full sun. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium  'Roger's U.C. Hybrid' California fuchsia
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Epilobium 'Roger's U.C. Hybrid'

(California fuchsia)

A California fuchsia that is upright in habit with narrow silver-gray foliage and slender trumpet-shaped blossoms of orange-red. Reaches a height of about 1 1/2 ft. and spreads easily. Very similar to the selections ‘Carman’s Gray’  and ‘Chaparral Silver’. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Hummingbird favorite. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium  'Schieffelin's Choice' California fuchsia
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Epilobium 'Schieffelin's Choice'

(California fuchsia)

This California fuchsia grows close to the ground - 8 inches tall with arching flower stalks. Gray foliage makes a wonderful foil for the bright orangey-red tubular flowers which appear summer through fall. Believed to be a cross between E. septentrionale and E. canum. Provide full sun to very light shade. One of the more drought tolerant selections but flowers best with occasional deep watering. Hummingbird favorite. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year. Perhaps more deer resistant than other California fuchsias.
Epilobium canum 'Bowman's Hybrid' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Bowman's Hybrid'

(California fuchsia)

This California fuchsia has distinctive narrow, olive-green foliage and an upright habit about 2-3 ft. tall and spreading widely. The orange-red tubular flowers are petite but profuse. Plant in sunny areas. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvinate them for the following year. Hummingbird favorite.
Epilobium canum 'Brilliant Smith' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Brilliant Smith'

(California fuchsia)

This California fuchsia grows 8 inches or so tall with wide green leaves. Especially large red tubular flowers appear in summer and continue into fall. 'Brilliant Smith' is one of the reddest California fuchsias. The habit of this plant can be improved with shearing in the winter. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Hummingbird favorite.
Epilobium canum 'Calistoga' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Calistoga'

(California fuchsia)

Phil Van Soelen’s selection of California fuchsia from the Palisades east of Calistoga. Forms a spreading mat of unusually wide, fuzzy, gray leaves. The flowers are the typical hummingbird attracting orange-red trumpet shape and appear on stalks reaching up to 18 inches high. For sunny areas. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium canum 'Carman's Grey' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Carman's Grey'

(California fuchsia)

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Epilobium canum 'Catalina' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Catalina'

(California fuchsia)

An outstanding selection of California fuchsia growing 3 ft. tall or more. This may be the tallest cultivar available, sometimes reaching as much as 5 ft. tall. The foliage is silvery-gray with an abundance of large, brilliant orangey-red tubular flowers late summer through fall. This species from southern California is particularly drought tolerant. Hummingbird favorite. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium canum 'Cloverdale' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Cloverdale'

(California fuchsia)

This form of California fuchsia was selected by U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum from along the Russian River north of Cloverdale. Low, slightly mounding fuzzy olive-green foliage with an abundance of orangey-red tubular flowers the hummingbirds love. Usually stays bellow one ft. in height. 'Cloverdale' is one of the most orange selections of California fuchsia. Plant in full sun. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium canum 'Coral Canyon' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Coral Canyon'

(California fuchsia)

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Epilobium canum 'Everett's Choice' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Everett's Choice'

(California fuchsia)

A low, spreading form of Californica fuchsia staying below one ft. in height. Distinctive for it's fuzzy, gray-green foliage with many scarlet tubular flowers from summer through to fall. Good for sunny areas, though tolerates light shade. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Attracts hummingbirds. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium canum 'Garrison Canyon' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Garrison Canyon'

(California fuchsia)

This local selection of California fuchsia comes from the high banks of Rogers Creek, a seasonal creek in the hills above Mark West, in Sonoma County. Great for hot inland sites, this tough perennial forms a low, loose, floriferous mat over time. Orange-red tubular flowers bloom in abundance from early summer through fall.  Full sun to part shade with occasional deep watering in the summer. Hummingbird favorite. 

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Epilobium canum 'John Bixby'

(California fuchsia)

A Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden introduction, 'John Bixby' is a chance seedling of Epilobium 'Everett's Choice'. Forming a broad patch with a dense rounded form of grey-green foliage 12 -18 inches tall or more.  Showy, vivid red-orange tubular flowers put on a spectacular display from summer into fall and are highly attractive to hummingbirds. Vigorous perennial, spreading by underground rhizomes to form large colonies. Plant in full sun to light shade with occasional deep watering for best appearance. Cutting plants down after flowering rejuvinates them for the following year.  
Epilobium canum 'Liz's Choice' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Liz's Choice'

(California fuchsia)

This selection of California fuchsia features particularly large, trumpet-shaped, scarlet flowers atop stems reaching 3 ft. tall. The flowers, blooming from summer into fall, are a favorite of hummingbirds and bees. The lance-shaped leaves are a pewter green, providing a striking contrast to the brilliant flowers. It spreads over time to create small colonies. Trim plants down to about 4 inches in winter for vigorous, tidy growth the next year. Provide moderate to infrequent irrigation and full sun. This beautiful cultivar was selected by Milo Baker Chapter CNPS Fellow Liz Parsons.
Epilobium canum 'Marin Pink' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Marin Pink'

(California fuchsia)

California fuchsias are appreciated for their abundant tubular flowers that bloom in late summer and fall, predominantly in different shades of orange-red. This unusual selection has beautiful PINK tubular flowers produced on sage green mounds of foliage to about 2 ft. tall and spreading by underground rhizomes. Vigorous and easy to grow in full sun to very light shade. Touted as drought tolerant, they will survive dry conditions but will thrive with occasional summer water. Beautiful against a rock wall, in dry stream beds, or naturalistic plantings where they have some room to spread. Hummingbird favorite. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.
Epilobium canum 'Solidarity Pink' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Solidarity Pink'

(California fuchsia)

A California fuchsia color breakthrough discovered in the Sierra foothills. Forms a loose, billowy plant 10 - 12 inches tall with flesh pink colored tubular blossoms. Looks great spilling over walls. Sun to light shade. Flowers best with occasional deep watering. Hummingbird favorite. The habit of this plant can be improved with shearing in the winter.
Epilobium canum 'Summer Snow' California fuchsia
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Epilobium canum 'Summer Snow'

(California fuchsia)

Known for their abundant showy red flowers, this variety offers surprising clean-white blossoms on low growing green foliage up to 10 inches tall. Spreading by underground rhizomes, this mat forming perennial grows in full sun to light shade with occasional to little summer water once established. Perfect in naturalistic plantings, on slopes amongst boulders, dry creek beds or rock walls. California fuchsias bloom heavily late summer into fall and their tubular flowers are hummingbird favorites. The habit of this plant can be improved with shearing in the winter.
Epilobium septentrionale 'Select Mattole' California fuchsia
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Epilobium septentrionale 'Select Mattole'

(California fuchsia)

This California fuchsia forms tidy, low, 6 inch high mats of beautiful silver foliage with a matte finish. Late summer through fall brings orangey-red tubular flowers which attract hummingbirds. A somewhat redder flowering selection. Spreading by underground rhizomes, this Epilobium increases a little less vigorously than the others. Full sun to light shade. More shade tolerant than most California fuschias. Needs more water than most Epilobiums. Pruning plants down to a few inches in late autumn helps to rejuvenate them for the following year.

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Epilobium septentrionale 'Wayne's Silver'

(California fuchsia)

The silver leaves and bright red trumpet-shaped flowers make this California fuchsia a knockout in the native garden.  Only getting about 10 inches tall and slowly spreading to form drifts, this is a great ground cover for full sun to light shade. A little shade in hot interior areas may be required. This selection spreads less aggressive than most other California fuchsia. Provide moderate to occasional irrigation once established. Looks best if sheared to the the ground every winter for healthy, vigorous growth the next spring. VERY similar to 'Select Mattole'. A favorite of hummingbirds and bees.

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