Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®

Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet (Fire Chalice)®

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2001 Plant Select® Winner 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid-to-late summer with a profusion of bright orange trumpet-shaped flowers. Spreading with underground stems, this beauty is perfect for slopes and cascading over the edges of raised beds.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Good for Containers
Groundcover
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Evergreen
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Good for Erosion Control
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Shipping Buy now and we'll ship your order during the ideal planting time for your region. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of Feb. 29 and continue through June 30. Note: To ensure the highest plant quality, June shipments may be held for few days so that plants aren’t in transit over the weekend. For areas with temps consistently above 90 degrees, we recommend fall planting.More shipping info. Learn More…
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2001 Plant Select® Winner 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. This superb Hummingbird Trumpet spreads like a groundcover to form a loose mat of low growing, bright green foliage. In mid-to-late summer it lights up the garden with a profusion of bright-orange flowers that last for many weeks. Regular watering when in bloom keeps the flowers coming. Plant in well-drained, compost-enriched soil. 'Orange Carpet' prefers some afternoon shade, especially at lower elevations. Wait until spring to cut it back just above ground level so not to cause desiccation (extreme drying) during dry winters. Orange Carpet originates from arid, mountains of southern Idaho and thrives in the western US. It's NOT suitable for hot, humid climates. Originally selected by High Country Gardens founder and chief horticulturist David Salman. (cutting propagated)
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HBL7DXX
99130R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
99130 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet (Fire Chalice)®
Botanical Name Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 4-6" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Good for Containers, Groundcover, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Good for Erosion Control, Great for Mass Plantings
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Zauschneria (Hummingbird Trumpet, California Fuchsia, Fire Chalice) a genus of western US native wildflowers known for their fiery orange/scarlet flowers that bloom in late summer and fall. Pink or coral-colored flowers are very rare. All colored flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds.

Preferred growing conditions:
  • Plant in well-drained soils type but avoid clay. Position in a full sun location. Groundcover type, Orange Carpet®, enjoys some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Zauschneria seem to particularly like growing on hillsides or sloping beds to enhanced winter drainage. Avoid planting in depressions that collect water.
  • Mulch with gravel or pine needles. Zauschneria enjoy cool roots and sunny tops so mulching is very beneficial.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. These are xeric plants but don't like to be grown too dry. Weekly or bi-weekly deep watering is needed when conditions are dry in the heat of summer.
  • Deadheading is not needed.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum
  • Special comments:
  • Leave standing over the winter. Cut back to just above ground level in mid-spring.
  • Zauschneria spread by underground roots and should be given room to spread. If they grow too wide for their space, dig suckers in early to mid-spring and replant.
  • Watch for fleabeetles which can defoliate the plants in late spring/early summer.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from April 23-June 30, warmest zones first.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges. Note: To ensure the highest plant quality, June shipments may be held for few days so that plants aren’t in transit over the weekend. For areas with temps consistently above 90 degrees, we recommend fall planting.

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High Country GardensZauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lovely in my high desert, high altitude garden

Our home is at 7000' and in the NM desert. I planted this in an area receiving morning sun and afternoon shade, but also hot and with low water. After a slow couple...Read complete review

Our home is at 7000' and in the NM desert. I planted this in an area receiving morning sun and afternoon shade, but also hot and with low water. After a slow couple of years, I now have a lovely clump of green through the spring and early summer, with liberal orange blooms starting early in September. I've just ordered more to fill in the space that will be left when I take out some giant sage that thrives but does not fit the garden design. This clump thrives in a difficult space and gives me color as the rest of the garden is fading. And the bees and hummingbirds love it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Makes mint seem relatively well-behaved by comparison

Hardy in Zone 5, stays green through winter. After a couple of seasons, this plant is aggressively overtaking the flowerbed it was planted in; even crowding out some pernicious/annoying mint in the...Read complete review

Hardy in Zone 5, stays green through winter. After a couple of seasons, this plant is aggressively overtaking the flowerbed it was planted in; even crowding out some pernicious/annoying mint in the process. 2+ feet of landscape fabric does not appear to present an effective barrier to spreading roots. It is pretty when blooming, but mine only blooms for a few weeks in mid-summer; the rest of the season it seems to focus its energies towards Global Domination. If you do plant this, treat it as near to Yarrow or Myrtle Spurge on the aggressiveness scale. Luckily it only seems to spread via roots, though.

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2.0

Makes mint seem relatively well-behaved by comparison

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from Boulder, CO

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Pros

  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Difficult to Contain/Control

Best Uses

  • Container
  • Flowerbed surrounded by moat of molten lava

Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

Hardy in Zone 5, stays green through winter. After a couple of seasons, this plant is aggressively overtaking the flowerbed it was planted in; even crowding out some pernicious/annoying mint in the process. 2+ feet of landscape fabric does not appear to present an effective barrier to spreading roots. It is pretty when blooming, but mine only blooms for a few weeks in mid-summer; the rest of the season it seems to focus its energies towards Global Domination. If you do plant this, treat it as near to Yarrow or Myrtle Spurge on the aggressiveness scale. Luckily it only seems to spread via roots, though.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wishing!

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from San Angelo

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

      This did not survive for me either, so I can't rate on it's beauty. I have one left but it's thin and struggling it has not spread. Maybe it will flourish next year!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      A waste of time and money.

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      from Pine Mountain Club, CA

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        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

          Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

          I've purchased this plant during 2 different seasons and planted it in 2 different areas. All 5 plants died. These plants also did not arrive in very good shape during either purchase.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fabulous Blooming, performing plant!

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          from Chico Ca.

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Long Blooming
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Patio
            • Pool Area

            Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

            I have had this plant growing for years now in my gardens. It gets regular watering and thrives. Contrary to the description, I have a couple of areas where this plant gets searing heat and sun most of the day, and it performs beautifully, blooming for about 4 months. I have some at the back of my cactus garden, which is in front of a heat radiating stucco wall on the west side of my house, and it thrives on a drip line of regular watering. I actually have to hack it back away from my cactus area, that it spreads into.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My all time favorite

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            from Casper,Wy new home Ronan Mt.

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            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

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              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

              I have used this in a berm and on the edge of a raised garden. It comes back bigger aND more beautiful each year. My favorite thing about it is that the hummingbirds love it!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Happy Surprise

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              from Boise, Idaho

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Fragrant
              • Healthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

                Spreading like I wanted it to do. Getting ready for a fabulous, colorful summer.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Slow growing & didn't bloom first year

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                from Monument CO

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                Cons

                • Small In Size

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

                Planted in early to mid May. Unfortunately didn't bloom this summer. However we live at approximately 7000' (short growing season) and this year we had an incredible amount of rain which wa unusual. We'll see what happens this summer. I'm optimistic it will be beautiful.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                didn't live

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                from west central texas

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                  • Small In Size

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

                    was very disappointed that it did not survive more than a week

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    zauschneria garretti

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                    from santa fe nm

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                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

                      I purchased just three small plants and planted them in a large pot to see if the hummingbirds were attracted to them. The humming birds came and I was sorry I didn't purchase more.

                      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Lovely in my high desert, high altitude garden

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                      from East of Albuquerque, NM

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

                        Our home is at 7000' and in the NM desert. I planted this in an area receiving morning sun and afternoon shade, but also hot and with low water. After a slow couple of years, I now have a lovely clump of green through the spring and early summer, with liberal orange blooms starting early in September. I've just ordered more to fill in the space that will be left when I take out some giant sage that thrives but does not fit the garden design. This clump thrives in a difficult space and gives me color as the rest of the garden is fading. And the bees and hummingbirds love it.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        hummingbird magnet

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                        from Pennsylvania

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                        Pros

                        • Attractive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®:

                          I put zauschneria garrettii in hanging pots near my deck so I can sit on my deck and watch the humming birds go the the bright orange flowers on these plants.

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