The California Fuchsia is one of the most drought tolerant, heat tolerant, beautiful perennials you can grow. We're not sure why this California native is not used more- the hard to pronounce name, the two Genus names (we like to use Zauschneria), that fact that you can kill it with kindness, perhaps? It has been putting on a show for us and the hummingbirds in the garden since mid July and seems to be going strong until we get a severe frost in late October, maybe November. The trumpet-shaped, hot orange flowers bloom continously and are not ugly as the fade out- they just drop off, no dead brown petals like so many perennials or even annuals. So there is no deadheading or cleaning up. The unreal orange color of the blooms is set off by the lovely silvery gray foliage that fits perfectly into a drought tolerant garden. This northern California native perennial is happiest in a well draining soil (you see them naturally growing out of rock outcroppings) with full sun and low water. We like to leave up any dormant stems over the winter to help them survive our wet winters and clean them up in early spring. We have so many kinds! From ground hugging to taller, upright full on woody-stemmed perennials. Come check them out!