SOLVED: Hardy mini-Fuchsia

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

I have had troubles ID'ing this Fuchsia. The bloom is what I know as "hot pink", the blooms are very small and open, bloom and finish with the same colour. The leaves are very small with slight serration. The stems can go 3'. Forestfarms and Heronswood call it F. encliandra 'Isis', I contacted a Fuchsia expert who called it F. 'Lottie Hobby' and in the Random House book, Indoor and Greenhouse plants - F. microphylla ssp. microphylla.

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San Leandro, CA

I have one, love it by the way, and it was called Fuchsia thymifolia.


Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I had F. thymifolia too and this doesn't look quite like mine.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

There seems to be soooo much confusion on the hardy fuchsias, especially these minis. Well, I did a google image search and the plant looks identical to the plants I mentioned in the same google search. Another name to add to the list.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

ecrane3, what's the difference between your F. thymifolia and this one? I'm trying to eliminate atleast 1 of the 3 names I have.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I moved so I don't have the plant anymore--I'll check my pics when I get home tonight and see if I can post one for comparison. I think the leaves were a bit smaller relative to the size of the flowers, and I also don't remember the serration on the edges.

Err it could be F. x bacillaris too, not that you needed another name to throw into the mix there :) Just saying it's an Encliandra type isn't going to be very helpful to you is it!

I did look for a photo of my F. x bacillaris and I think there is a not very good image of mine on the Lottie Hobby entry but they wouldn't have been of any help to you as the photos generally look very similar anyway on the Encliandra types.

La Salle, MI(Zone 5b)

Baa do these have seed?

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

Baa, one of the names I have is 'Lottie Hobby' - is that a synonym of F. x bacillaris? I wonder if there's an Encliandra expert out there. I think there's a whole bunch of confusion in what to call these. The slight serration in the leaf, the height to 3' seem to stand out and this one doesn't change colour in the bloom.


Yes all Fuchsia produce fruit although germinating the seed is something of a hit and miss affair. It seems to me that everyone who succeeds has their own method that works for them. They are far easier from cuttings in my opinion.

Growin :)

Lottie Hobby and x bacillaris are separate plants, just similar in appearance. Trevor Strickland is the name that comes to mind when thinking of Encliandra experts although this is the only contact I could find for him, you might also like to try Jack Lamb who is one of the National Collection holders for fuchsia species I've no prior contact with either of them so best of British and all that :)

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This message was edited Sep 23, 2006 11:05 AM

Faversham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Hi all.

I think I have this Fuchsia in a pot on the patio, i'll just get the lable

Faversham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Yup, I think this is it. The flower and the leaves are the same.

This is what it says on the label

Bush Fuchsia 'Ariel'
Tube and sepals magenta.
Corolla deep magenta pink
Small flowers.
Needs winter protection.

I purchased this and another one that has pink and white flowers, from a local nursery that seems to specialize in Fuchsia's.

Hope this helps


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

I wouldn't say it was F Ariel, look at this pic, it has serrated leaves but the serrations are very close. The flowers are also a different colour, and form.

I would think the ID 'Isis' provided by Forestfarms and Heronswood is the correct one, the leaves have the 'holly' serrated look.

The bud and flower shape, colour all look to match, and I can see to the right a reddish new stem behind the front one on the right. This pic is perhaps not the best one, but there is a lack of pics around.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

I looked through the pics on and noticed 'Isis' is a single and I've got a double or semi-double. The 'Ariel' is a much darker red and appears to be a larger bloom. I guess if I have a semi-double, it couldn't be F. microphylla ssp. microphylla. I think some of the nurseries are just as confused on the ID. This Fuchsia can be seen in landscapes around town.

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

growin, do you mean the little tepals near the corolla as being double? To be double the corolla itself should have more than one layer of petals.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

Now that I take a closer look, the corolla is flared outwards giving me the impression it was a double. I also notice a slightly lighter pink on the corolla.

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