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PlantFiles: Box-thorn Fuchsia
Fuchsia lycioides

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fuchsia (FEW-she-uh) (Info)
Species: lycioides (ly-see-OY-deez) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PedricksCorner On Aug 26, 2008, PedricksCorner from Freedom, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Yes, this upright fuchsia really does grow 6-8 feet tall with an equal spread. To get the dense amount of blooms shown in the photo, you will need to plant it in the full sun. But make certain the roots are in the shade and in good rich, moist soil. It is the only species in it's Section: Kierschlegeria
And it will partially defoliate during what would be it's dry season. But don't panic! Just continue to water and feed like normal and it will suddenly burst out in new growth, sometimes throwing out new 6-8 foot canes (like roses do) from it's base. This one is the one the hummingbirds fight over in the evening for their last sip.

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