• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Early summer to fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:FEW-shuh HIB-ri-da
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17, 22 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early summer to fall
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Design IdeasDon't sequester this Fuchsia in baskets; it grows very well right in garden soil. Use in niches in rock waterfalls or let the branches hang over the edge of a water garden. Perfect for edges of mounds and retaining walls or in raised planters. Ideal for window boxes and French terra cotta herb troughs as well.
    Companion PlantsThe red and white coloring of this Fuchsia needs blue and purple plus plenty of green foliage to accentuate. Looks particularly good against Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica) with its tropical-looking fan-shaped leaves and Athens Blue Princess Flower (Tibouchina x 'Athens Blue'), an attractive evergreen shrub with bluish-purple flowers. Ideal with Miniature Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans') and Kaffir Lily (Clivia miniata 'French Hybrid').
  • Care
    Care Information
    In the landscape, follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. In containers, check often to maintain moist conditions. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer to encourage blooms.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    All fuchsias are New World plants, first described by a French Jesuit missionary to the West Indies. He named the new genus after Leonard Fuchs, published in Nova Plantarum Americanarum Genera in 1703. By the end of the 18th century, hardy but small flowered Fuchsia magellanica had been widely cultivated in Europe. By the end of the 19th century fad for exotic plants, dozens of tropical species were crossed with F. magellanica to create innumerable hybrids. The ancestry of this and most modern hybrids is so ambiguous most are virtually impossible to trace.
    Lore:
    In the Victorian era, fuchsias took on the common name of "lady's eardrops" referring to their resemblance of the elaborate dangling earrings so popular at that time.

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