Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) about 1696–1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier, during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566).
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Fuchsias are grown for their very attractive, usually pendent flowers that are borne more or less continuously from summer to autumn. They are useful in summer-bedding schemes, containers or in the ground. Some fuchsias are hardy enough to be used as hedges and in permanent plantings.
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Common name Fuchsia
Botanical name Fuchsia
Group Half-hardy perennial/shrub
Flowering time Summer to autumn
Planting time Hardy types: plant in spring or autumn. Half-hardy: plant out after danger of frost has passed
Height and spread Various
Aspect Full sun or partial shade
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The fruit of all species and cultivars of fuchsia are edible but the quality is variable: some are tasteless, others have an unpleasant aftertaste. The fairly large fruit of Fuchsia splendens are reputedly the most worthwhile, having a citrusy, peppery tang. They are best used for jam.
Care Instructions for Fuchsia
If you water and care for your fuchsia flower the way you are supposed to, you will find that fuchsia will grow abundantly pretty much all summer long.
The care of fuchsias includes making sure that there are no insects taking over the leaves of the plant. There are insects that will damage the fuchsia, so fuchsia plant care includes checking the area where the stem and leaf meet because this is a very common place to find insects.
Fuchsia plant care also includes making sure they have the right amount of light. Plant or hang your fuchsia flower in a semi-sunny area. They much prefer temperatures that are a little cooler and don’t like a lot of sunshine.
Be careful during summer months because too much hot weather weakens the fuchsia plant. This will not allow flowers to develop fully. You want to give this touchy plant plenty of shade. Also, hang the hanging baskets in cooler areas if you have summer temperatures that reach 80 degrees F. (27 C.) or more.
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