Fuchsia integrifolia mollis (E.H.L.Krause) Munz
Fuchsia mollis E.H.L.Krause
Fuchsia regia alpestris (Gardner) Munz
Fuchsia alpestris is a deciduous, shrub growing 1 - 5 metres tall. The stems often hang over other plants for support[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild and consumed locally. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
Southern S. America - southern Brazil.
In thickets and low forest near granitic outcrops of several morros at elevations of 1,400 - 1,600 metres[
|Pollinators||Humming birds, Self
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of higher regions in the tropics, where it is found at elevations of 1,100 - 1,600 metres[
]. The plant can also be grown in subtropical and warm temperate areas.
Succeeds in any fertile well-drained circum-neutral soil, preferring one that is rich in humus[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers cool moist conditions and some shade[
]. Succeeds in a good loam if leafmold and sand are added[
Fuchsia species flower and fruit mainly on new wood produced in the same growing season. Any pruning, therefore, is best carried out at the start of the growing season, cutting out old wood in order to encourage vigorous new growth[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
Fruit - raw or make into preserves etc[
]. A sweet flavour, but with some aftertaste[
]. A juicy berry with small seeds that can be swallowed[
]. The purple, oblong fruit is 14 - 16mm long and 8 - 10mm wide[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
] though stored seed can also be used. Surface sow the seed in a semi-shaded position in a seed tray, gently pressing the seed into the compost, and do not allow the compost to dry out[
]. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take[
Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[
Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[
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