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Fuchsia hybrids
Family Onagraceae
Name Fuchsia Spp.
Featured Plant March 2006
Etymology
Fuchsia Named after Leonard Fuchs, 16th century German botanist.

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Magellenica Hybrids
Tyiphylla Hybrids
  See also:  Fuchsias, Trees & shrubs

Fuchsia is a much hybridised plant and today, there are thousands of registered hybrids. There are two general classes of hybrids, those that originated from Fuchsia magellenica and the triphylla hybrids.

 Magellenica Hybrids

Most of these hybrids originated from Fuchsia magellenica and Fuchsia fulgens, and prefer moist cool conditions. Most are only half hardy and can be killed by heavy frost. They have opposite leaves, but on strong shoots, the leaves can be in whorls of 3 or rarely 4.

The flowers are usually bi-coloured, with a combination of red, cerise, pink, "orange", purple or white. Yellow is not yet available and is the subject of intense breeding effort today. They grow from leaf axils - each axil has 3 buds, one vegetative bud and two flower buds on either side. The flowers can be single (having 4 petals in the corolla), double (8 or more petals), or semi-double (bewteen 4 and 8 petals). The double flowers have been bred so that the stamens flatten out to resemble petals, and in some cases may be sterile.
See also: Fuchsia Flowers.



Celia Smedley

Celia Smedley

Checkerboard

Checkerboard

Preston Guild

Border Queen

Border Queen

Black Prince

Annabel Bud

Annabel

Annabel

Annabel is normally white, but like all white flowered fuchsias, exposure to bright light causes the flower to grow a pink tinge.

Calchek

Calchek

 Tyiphylla Hybrids

This group of hybrids originated from Fuchsia triphylla and its allies, typically, Fuchsia boliviana. These triphylla hybrids are usually tender, but can withstand heat, and in some cases, full sun. The flowers are mostly long and tubular (cigar shapped), and form on terminal spikes. The leaves are always in whorls of 3.


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