Fuchsia genii 'Aurea'Item #4986 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Frost hardy and grown for its radiant lime-yellow foliage on contrasting red stems and brilliant cherry-red and purple flowers. Its light colored foliage creates a striking contrast with deep green plants and will surely liven up a shady area in the garden!
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.Average Landscape Size:Arching stems form a shrub 4 ft. tall and wide.Key Feature:Summer FloweringBlooms:SummerLandscape Uses:
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Arching stems form a shrub 4 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts HummingbirdsFoliage color:YellowBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedDesign IdeasUse 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.
- 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.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant was brought to Monrovia by Daniel J. Hinkley by way of England, under the name Fuchsia genii 'Aurea'. According to RHS, the name has since been changed to Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis 'Aurea'; they are synonymous. 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.