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Fuchsia thymifolia

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.7m to 1m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite pink shades
  • Leaf ColourMid to dark green

Description

Fuchsia thymifolia. Native to Mexico, this upright shrub grows to 1m tall. The small, tubular-shaped flowers are pinkish white shades. Bears opposite leaves.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers, usually borne from early summer to early autumn. The flowers are very attractive to bees. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilChalky
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.5
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost hardy to frost tender, min 5C, Most of the species will need a sheltered partially shaded position, with fertile moist but well drained soil. Prolonged low temperatures cause loss of top growth. If top growth dies in winter, cut back to ground level in spring. When grown as pot plants in a green house, fuchsias also need high-nitrogen feeds.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or cuttings

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to white fly, red spider mites, rust and grey mould.

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