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PlantFiles: Fuchsia
Fuchsia 'Dark Eyes'

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fuchsia (FEW-she-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dark Eyes
Hybridized by Erickson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1958

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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 herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mehitabel45 On Oct 29, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought several varieties in root tubes a few years ago. 'Dark Eyes' is the only variety to survive the last two winters and rebloom. I have to admit, I've given it absolutely no care. It didn't bloom until early September, but it's blooming still. I'll be taking better care of it this year. I'll put the planter in a low tunnel to keep it warmer. Three warmer-than-usual winters in a row are extremely unlikely. I'll take a few cuttings from both plants.

Negative otisbird On Oct 21, 2013, otisbird from Los Osos, CA wrote:

No one mentions fushsia mites?

Negative freweeln On Dec 21, 2011, freweeln from Raleigh, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have been buying this plant in hanging baskets for years and for the life of me do not know why I cannot keep it alive. This is the only plant, in both container or garden, that I have this problem with! It either ends up that I purchased it with spider mites (which I know how to deal with but am always unsuccessful in THIS plant variety) or it just dies for no known reason to me. It starts losing leaves, dries up, withers away. I water it when it looks as though it needs it, or at least once a week.

I live in the central part of North Carolina. I saw a posting from someone from Kansas who has transplanted it into the ground. I wonder if anyone in the NC area has done so with any success.

Also, this plant looks exactly like our native honeysuckle... are they related?

Positive ArqAsh On Nov 11, 2006, ArqAsh from Manhattan, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I transferred "Dark Eyes" from a hanging planter into the ground about 3 years ago - planted it in a protected area with lots of morning sun and light shade the rest of the day. It's been coming back around late spring with beautiful, large purple flowers for 2 years now. I cut the dead twigs down to the ground late winter and I don't notice it till its ready to bloom again and keeps blooming till first frost.

Positive Leehallfae On Jun 25, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Dark Eyes is in a container, and is sheltered from direct sun. The soil is kept moist, and a fertilizer, 12-55-5, is added twice a month.

It is already flowering, in June, even though my fucshias do not usually bloom until September.

Neutral snuzi On Apr 16, 2006, snuzi from Belle Rose, LA wrote:

I am on my second fuchsia plant. I have been unsuccessful with this but I really think it's due to my own errors. I'm sure I drowned my 1st one and couldn't find a "happy place" for it. Now that I have done my research and realized that it doesn't have to be wet, only moist and would love light mistings throughout the day. Also I think I found that happy placefor it with light morning sun...I can only hope and pray that I won't kill this one. It is HUGE...biggest I've ever seen. I paid $17 at a Hardware store but would have gladly paid $25. Its beautiful. Wish me luck with this one!!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Rainbow City, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Oakland, California
Redlands, California
Ridgemark, California
San Jose, California
Belle Rose, Louisiana
Salem, Oregon
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Abilene, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Chimacum, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Kalama, Washington
North Bend, Washington
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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