loads of red trumpets


hummingbird trumpet
Epilobium canum subsplatifolium

  • regular to moderate water (low to terrace zone)

  • FULL to part SUN 

  • HARDY TO single digits º F

  • TO ABOUT 1-2' TALL AND spreading

  • RED tubular flowers from june into the fall

  • nectar source for butterflies, native bees, and hummingbirds

Hummingbird trumpet (Epilobium canum subsp. latifolium) is found in the southwest and western United States and Northern Mexico on dry slopes to wet soils from 4,000-7,000 ft. 

This plant makes an excellent addition to the flowering perennial bed and hummingbird garden, though don't plant it in a place where it may be trampled by dogs or clumsy people. The plants are somewhat brittle. In June into fall expect large, reddish-orange trumpet-shaped flowers that will be constantly visited by hummingbirds. When blooming plants grow scarce in autumn, the flowers attract late season butterflies, especially Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae).

Plants grow to about 1-2 feet high, and can spread about twice as wide, depending on the surrounding soil. Plants can freeze to ground but come back vigorously, in fact are also best cut to the ground in late winter. Root hardy down into the single digits º F. Plant in full to part sun with moderate watering. 

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Katherine Gierlach