California fuchsia, hummingbird flower, hummingbird trumpet
In California, Arizona and Utah, plus smaller areas of other western states
Sunny hillsides, from low to high elevations, and along watery canyons
Ovate to lanceolate, around an inch long, with pointed tips, and covered with very short, fine hairs
August to October
The long (up to 2.5 inches) tubular red flowers of epilobium canum, a shrub like plant with woody lower stems, are large and pretty, consisting of eight tepals, all curved outwards at the tips, and eight tightly-clustered stamens which project forwards by about the length of the tube. The plant branches readily and each stem bears many small green leaves, so the overall appearance is of a dense bush, which may have hundreds of flowers during optimum growing conditions. The blooming season is relatively late, from midsummer into fall. The long narrow flowers attract hummingbirds.