Santa Claus Fuchsia

Fuchsia hybrida 'Santa Claus'

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.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.

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Botanical PronunciationFEW-shuh
LoreIn 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeEarly summer to fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleTropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Gift Plant, Bird Friendly, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsRequires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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