Zauschneria septentrionalis ‘Select Mattole’

California fuchsia

Outstanding Qualities

Zauschneria septentrionale 'Select Mattole' is the most spectacular and hardiest of the California fuchsias. This plant has a tidy spreading but clump-like habit. The frosted silver leaves are a spectacular contrast to the bright orange tubular flowers from mid-summer to mid-fall. Hummingbirds love this and are quickly drawn to the tubular flowers. This particular species is the most tolerant of our winter wet as well as cold and performs year after year with no problems. deciduous in winter, it rapidly regains the lustrous silver foliage by July when it begins to bloom again for months.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: This is a great plant to combine with species tulips, sedums and other dryland garden plants.

Great Color Contrasts: purple, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: silver, orange, dark green

Culture Notes

Zauschneria septentrionale 'Select Mattole’ grows best in full sun and prefers a hot spot. Plant it in well-drained or sandy soils. Once established it is completely drought tolerant. The stems can be quite brittle but grow back quickly if damaged. In cool summers flowering can be sparse, but the silvery foliage is beautiful. Cut plants to the ground in winter.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 11

Flower Color: orange

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant