It’s ok if you don’t know how to spell “fuchsia” correctly. Fuchsia is often misspelled because of the way it sounds. Pronounced “fyoo-SHa,” this flowering shrub was named after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs. Most fuchsias are native to South America and other tropical areas, but have been highly cultivated since its discovery in the early 18th century. They are prized for their characteristic showy, droopy, brightly-coloured flowers. Currently, there are over 100 different species. Fuchsias don’t just come in fuchsia, but also shades of pinks, purples and whites. They are often bi-coloured, with the petals one colour and the 4 sepals in a contrasting colour.
Fuchsias are popular with gardeners because they are easy to grow and maintain. They have a long-blooming season, from spring into late fall. They need rich, well-drained soil and lots of water to thrive. They grow best in areas with cool summers; they don’t do well in heat, humidity and drought.
Most fuchsias are trailing, but there are some species that grow upright. Trailing fuchsias look great in flower pots and hanging baskets. Be sure to pinch off the growing tips to encourage new growth.
The fruits are oblong, oval and often purplish in colour. They are edible, but the taste and quality varies from species to species. Some are tasteless, while some have an unpleasant aftertaste. Eat at your own risk!
- Dancing Girls: Fuchsia Varieties (ajasnorthwestlife.wordpress.com)