Wild Fuchsia
(Hummingbird Trumpet)

Genus Zauschneria
Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae)






Wild Fuchsia
(Zauschneria garrettii)
or (Epilobium canum)

My first thought, when I saw this plant with bright red flowers growing from a crack in a granite cliff, was that it was Scarlet Gilia. But upon looking closer I could see that the blossoms were not symmetrical.

So I jumped to the conclusion that it must be a species of red penstemon that I hadn't seen before -- perhaps the Scarlet Bugler (related to, but somewhat different from the Eaton's Penstemon which I had seen in central Utah).



Plants growing from crack in
    a granite cliff

Bright red blossoms
   of hummingbird trumpet


But the shape was not quite right -- penstemons have three lobes on the lower lip of the corolla, and this flower seemed to have only two.

With the help of a friend, and by checking other references, I found out what it was. I also found that the newer reference books give it a different scientific name -- Epilobium canum, meaning that it is closely related to Fireweed, which it doesn't resemble at all!




Little Cottonwood Canyon
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


References


Photographed
by Sandra Bray
August 2003