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.