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Fuchsia

Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'

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This cultivar has dark green leaves with a faint bronze sheen. Its narrow, dangling, red and purple flowers bloom throughout the season.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPerforms well in containers or as a hedge in frost-free regions.

CareGrow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full morning sun to partial afternoon shade. Prune plants back to 12 to 18 inches in late winter to produce fresh foliage. May survive a zone colder if it is given an east-northeastern exposure, planted deeply, and mulched over the winter.

PropagationSow seed in spring; root softwood cuttings in spring, and semi-ripe cuttings in late summer with bottom heat.

ProblemsSpider mites, scale, thrips, whiteflies, fuchsia gall mite, aphids, root-knot nematodes, rust, gray mold, crown gall, crown and root rots, Southern blight, Verticillium wilt.

  • Genus : Fuchsia
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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