Water Wise Plants
Hummingbird Fuchsia 'Select Mattole'
1 ft tall and 2 ft. wide
Very Low: water deeply several times a summer
Full to half sun
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips
There are a number of cultivars out there, but one of our favorites is 'Select Mattole'. It has wonderful silver foliage and sweet red orange tubular blooms. We love the fact that it is well behaved -- it stays compact and doesn't spread.
The book California Native Plants for the Garden recommends cutting California fuchsias back to one inch stubs in the fall and winter. The book also suggests pinching the outer tips in late May or June to prevent flopping. With 'Select Mattole' we haven't found this to be necessary, but with other California fuchsias you might want to give this a try.
We have learned that California fuchsias look better with a once a month deep watering. It is not critical, but you will have a lusher looking plant with occasional water.