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Epilobium Silver Select California fuchsia

Epilobium (Zauschneria) 'Silver Select' with Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'

Epilobium 'Silver Select'

Silver Select California fuchsia

Silver Select is a tall upright selection of California fuchsia.  It grows to about 3' tall and wide.  The leaves are particularly silver which really makes this plant stand out, especially when the sun's shining on it!

Silver Select is a tall upright selection of California fuchsia.  It grows to about 3' tall and wide.  The leaves are particularly silver which really makes this plant stand out, especially when the sun's shining on it!

All California fuchsias are magnets for hummingbirds and Silver Select's no exception.  It produces masses of red tubular flowers in August and September (slightly earlier inland) which contrast strikingly with the silver foliage.

Some California fuchsias spread rapidly by rhizomes (underground stems) and can sometimes be quite invasive.  My experience, so far, with Silver Select is that it doesn't tend to run.  We have a huge and hungry gopher population, however, so perhaps they're just eating any shoots that emerge from the gopher baskets! 

Silver Select's beautiful silver foliage shows really well next to plants with burgundy, dark green or blue foliage.  Phormium 'Black Adder,' Ceanothus 'Tuxedo,' Ceanothus maritimus 'Valley Violet,' Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens and Festuca 'Siskiyou Blue' are some of my personal favorite companions for Silver Select.



Additional:

Attracts hummingbirds.


Epilobium 'Silver Select' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Fast-growing
  • Long Blooming
  • Wind resistant
  • Pet Friendly
  • Salt Tolerant
  • California native
  • Heat Tolerant

Flower color

  • Red

Foliage color

  • Silver
  • White
  • Gray

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright

Exposure

  • Full sun - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Morning sun

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Summer
  • Fall

Your soil type

  • Dry Soil

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Swimming pool area
  • Median strip
  • Under CA native oaks

Plants that work well with Epilobium 'Silver Select'

Yarrow, Marie Ann Yarrow, Marie Ann (Achillea millefolium 'Marie Ann')
Margarita BOP foothill penstemon Margarita BOP foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'')
Black Adder phormium Black Adder phormium (Phormium 'Black Adder')
Sunset manzanita Sunset manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Sunset')
Valley Violet ceanothus Valley Violet ceanothus (Ceanothus maritimus 'Valley Violet')
Blue fortune mint Blue fortune mint (Agastache 'Blue Fortune')
Siskiyou blue fescue Siskiyou blue fescue (Festuca 'Siskiyou Blue')
Horse Mountain California fescue Horse Mountain California fescue (Festuca californica 'Horse Mountain')
Cassa Blue flax lily Cassa Blue flax lily (Dianella caerulea 'Cassa Blue')
Dara's Choice sage Dara's Choice sage (Salvia 'Dara's Choice')
Red Texas yucca Red Texas yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
Red pine-needle penstemon Red pine-needle penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius 'Red')
California goldenrod California goldenrod (Solidago velutina ssp. californica)