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Here’s a very hardy variety of Fuchsia to consider for your garden. Fuchsia Riccartonii, or Fuchsia Magellanica Riccartonii, is an upright, deciduous, medium sized shrub with small, ovate shaped leaves. Its flowers are small with multiple colourations of crimson, purple, and violet. This upright shrub is a great fit in cottage and informal gardens, in beds, along borders, in containers and greenhouse or sunrooms. It can also be grown as a pretty, flowering hedge.
Fuchsias are so named in honour of the botanist Leonhard Fuchs. They are a member of the Family Onagraceae and Genus magellanica. They are typically characterised by typically opposite oriented leaves and pendent flowers. They are fast growers with a particular spring seasonal interest.
Also known by the cultivar name “Magical Gold”, the Fuchsia magellanica expresses dark green leaves with a faint bronze sheen and dangling red and purple flowers which bloom throughout the season. If growing in areas that are slightly colder than the recommended Hardiness Zone of H6, you should mulch them well and plant with plenty of depth. This very impressive flowering shrub has a prolific showing of small flowers with what might be called a purple ‘skirt’ beneath crimson wing like petals on the twiggy growth from which they arise. They’re a good choice if you’re looking for a Fuchsia without the showier, more extravagant and flamboyant shapes and colours common to other Fuchsia hybrids.
Fuchsia Riccartonii can be tender in frost though considered Hardy to zone H6. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade with Aspects that face South, East, or West. They can be either sheltered or exposed. Plant your Fuchsia Riccartonii in well drained, but moist soil and can be happy in a wide range of textures from chalky to clay, loam, or sands.
Fuchsia Magellanica Riccartonii grows to 1.5-2.5 metres in height, with an ultimate spread of 1.0-1.5 metres; and takes anywhere from 5-10 years to reach that maturity. Its leaves are considered a mid-green colour and bears its small, single, tube shaped flowers in summer and autumn which are somewhat multi-coloured from crimson through to violet or purplish.
Fuchsia Magellanica Riccartonii is a recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit for its widespread popularity, and is an especially good choice in the West Country and Ireland for their regionally known high rainfall and high humidity climates. The top growth may be susceptible to winter kill, but new growth re-establishes the foliage colour quickly.
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