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Lopezia longiflora

This is a rare look at the beautiful Lopezia longiflora from mountain forests in Mexico.  This unusual relative of Fuchsia and Evening Primrose blooms throughout the year, with showy, scarlet blossoms that attract hummingbirds.  The plant is rarely seen in cultivation, but it's truly a fantastic perennial that deserves to be widely grown.  I don't know anyone else currently offering it.

Lopezia longiflora

Lopezia longiflora is an evergreen bush that grows about 5 feet tall and wide here in San Francisco, and reportedly twice that in the wild.  It flowers most months of the year for me, including winter.  At 2 inches long, the blooms are unusually large for Lopezia plants, most of which are tiny (like my Lopezia hirsuta).  The flowers are very well-shaped, and as an added bonus, they are tipped with purple pollen!

Lopezia longiflora

 I have no information about its temperature tolerances.  I suspect it can handle warm climates, but consider it experimental in consistently hot conditions, particularly if nights are warm.  I don't know if it can survive more than a light, brief frost.  In the right conditions, it is vigorous and easy to grow.  It likes mostly sunny conditions.  Some afternoon shade might be needed in warm climates.  It prefers a well-draining soil mix that's kept evenly moist.  Prune back branches after they flower to keep the plant compact and looking good.

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