Fuchsia - Fuchsia magellanica

    Alternative names
    Hardy Fuchsia
    Fuchsia gracilis
    Description

    A spreading shrub with several cultivated varieties. Usually pink or red flowered. The leaves are usually opposite or whorled. The flowers are usually pendulous with 4 petals, 4 sepals and 8 stamens. The fruit is a juicy berry containing numerous small seeds. 

    Identification difficulty
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    Habitat

    Principally found as a planted hedge or in the gardens of abandoned cottages but also naturalised in hedgerows, scrub, by streams and amongst rocks and on walls.

    When to see it

    In flower during June, July, August and September.

    Life History

    Reproduction is by suckering.

    UK Status

    Mainly with a northern and western distribution in Britain, infrequent in the wild elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, the first VC55 record came from Grace Dieu in 2008.

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