Santa Claus Fuchsia
Santa Claus Fuchsia
Fuchsia hybrida 'Santa Claus'Item #3764 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Attractive small, mounding shrub-like perennial; useful border plant or in containers. A prolific producer of bright red and white blooms over a long season. Evergreen in frost free areas.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 3 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:FEW-shuh HIB-ri-daPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17, 22 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 3 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early summer to fallFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationIn 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:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory: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.