Brilliant fuchsia

Fuchsia fulgens | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A medium-sized but impressive deciduous shrub, fuchsia fulgens provides an interesting mixture of lush greenery and striking flowers. Its foliage comprises broad, lance-shaped or oval grey green leaves, which grow thick on dark brown, woody stems. Its flowers emerge in late summer with a multitude of small, pendant terminal racemes of slender tubular red blossoms. Commonly known as the brilliant fuchsia, it thrives in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, but its tenderness means wintering under glass is recommended. Alternatively, mulch in winter to protect roots, and plant in sheltered areas. It is an excellent choice for beds and borders, especially in informal gardens.

Rate it:
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.8
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Erect
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-9
Heat days
  • 120 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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The fuchsia is a very popular flowering shrub. The genus was discovered in the Caribbean in 1697 and is named after botanist Leonhart Fuchs. There are 110 species of fuchsia, most of them are native to South America. They have small narrow oval shaped leaves, usually with a toothed edge. The main feature of these plants are the attractive and unusual flowers. The drooping flower heads consist of a star of four petals, a cone of petals in the middle of the star, and long protruding anthers. There are many colour variations and the inner and outer petals are often different colours. They can be pink, red, orange or purple.

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