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Fuchsia fulgens

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fuchsia (FEW-she-uh) (Info)
Species: fulgens (FUL-jenz) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stephenp On Jun 22, 2008, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Not my plant directly, but across the street there has been a Fuchsia fulgens and you could say it has been neglected for a number of years as no one lives in the house now but remarkably it keeps flowering year after year.

What is perhaps more remarkable is this is actually growing in the UK (equivalent zone 9a). Despite a minimum temperature of -2C last winter (some of the coldest temperatures ever witnessed here), it has flowered again this year. Perhaps fulgens is actually hardier than people suggest!

Neutral Baa On Sep 1, 2001, Baa wrote:

Upright shrub with spreading branches from Mexico.

Has ovate to heart shaped, pale green, slightly downy, red toothed leaves.

Triphylla group (long tubed flowers). Bears pendant terminal racemes of thin flowers upto 2 inch long, has pink/salmon or dull red tubes and pale red sepals fading to green at the bottom and bright red corollas.

Fruit are oblong and turn deep purple when ripe.

Minimum temperature is 41F, best kept in a cool greenhouse in frost prone areas.

I've tried to propagate this one from cuttings for a number of years and have never yet managed to keep them more than a week. However, I've spoken to several Fuchsia growers who have and say there is nothing difficult about it :)


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

Richmond, California
San Anselmo, California
San Francisco, California

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