Fuchsia magellanica
Common name: 
Magellan Fuchsia
Hardy Fuchsia
FU-shah ma-gel-LAN-i-ka
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous, erect, arching, or semi-climbing shrub, to 2-10 ft (0.5-3 m) tall or greater, ornamental forms are generally on the lower end of the size range, but may become large in areas with mild winters.  Branches thin, red-brown, glabrous.  Leaves opposite, or in threes or fours, 2.5-8.5 cm long, elliptic to ovate, deep green and glabrous above, paler and glabrous below, purple veins.  Flowers solitary or sometimes paired in leaf axils at the upper end of branches, stalk 2.5-3 cm long, pendent, tube deep red, 8 mm long, sepals deep red 18 mm long, petals purple, 10 mm long, stamens very much exserted .  Fruit oblong, about 1.5 cm long.
  • Sun part shade.  The hardiest of the Fuchsias, but generally the tops die back at the first frost.  The roots are hardy with mulching; and in cold areas it is treated as a perennial.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7     Native to southern Chile and Argentina.  A variable species, with number of subspecies.
  • It has naturalized in South America and elsewhere, is sometimes considered an invasive species in mild regions.
  • magellanica: from the region of the Magellan Straits, southern Chile.
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  • plant habit, summer

    plant habit, summer

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • leaves


  • flowers