Named after Leonhard Fuch, German botanist. Origin: Mexico, Argentina and Chile
(Also known as: Lady's eardrop)
Flower Type: Showy drooping, shows pistols and stamens.
Habit: Weeping, rounded with trailing branches.
Light: Partial shade, shade. Likes part shade and kept damp.
Size: 3- 5 feet trailing
Color: White, pink, red, purple, lilac and combinations
Blooming: Summer. To promote heavy bloom pinch back.
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil Type: 75% loam, 15 % coarse sand, 10 % leaf mold. Keep soil damp but not wet.
Leaves: Leaves are opposite, slightly serrated.
Special Assets: Attracts hummingbirds.
Medicinal Use: None Known
Edible Uses: *(Fuchsia splendens) Fruit - raw. A juicy berry, it is tart with a peppery after-taste. Some what lemon-like with no noticed aftertaste. The fruit can be up to 40mm long and 8mm wide. [source: Plants for a Future]
Landscape Use: Used for hanging baskets or container planting. Can be trained as a small tree.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings in spring or fall.
Care: Cannot withstand wind. Cut back branches by 2/3 in the fall, take indoors and put in a well lit window. Mist leaves in morning and afternoon in very hot weather. Deadhead when needed.
Water: Cannot tolerate drought.
Disease/ Insects: Aphids, whitefly, root weevil, caterpillars, red spider mite
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-10
Flower Language: Meaning: Humble love
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