What’s That Red Flower That’s Blooming Now?
Hummingbirds love Humboldt County fuchsia (Epilobium septentrionale). It is uncommon in the wild, but nurseries carry it under the cultivar name, ‘Select Mattole.’ It grows only on the North Coast, and as the cultivar name suggests, along the lower Mattole River.
Above, it is pictured happily growing in a pot, which is visited daily by hummingbirds who pollinate the plant as they sip its nectar. California fuchsia (Epilobium canum) looks similar but grows throughout much of the state. Both species provide nectar for hummers and eye candy for humans in late summer and early fall. In the wild they grow on rocks and rocky bluffs.
Humboldt County and California fuchsia are in the evening primrose family along with fuchsia, clarkia and fireweed.
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