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Fuchsia magellanica (Lady's eardrops)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Fuchsia magellanica

Other names

Lady's eardrops, Hardy fuchsia

Genus

Fuchsia Fuchsia

Species

F. magellanica - F. magellanica is an erect, borderline hardy, deciduous shrub with ovate to elliptic, toothed or scalloped, mid- to dark green leaves, sometimes red-flushed beneath, and, throughout summer, small, single flowers with red tubes, red, sometimes pale pink or white, wide-spreading sepals, and purple corollas.


Fuchsia magellanica is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Flower

Purple, Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Capsid bug , Vine weevil Aphids , Capsid bug , Vine weevil

Rust Rust

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Fuchsia magellanica (Lady's eardrops) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile soil in sun or light shade in shelter. Plant the base of the stem 5cm below the soil surface. In cold areas, provide a deep winter mulch and shelter from cold drying winds. May be taller and semi-evergreen in areas with mild winters

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Fuchsia magellanica

Other names

Lady's eardrops, Hardy fuchsia

Genus

Fuchsia Fuchsia

Species

F. magellanica - F. magellanica is an erect, borderline hardy, deciduous shrub with ovate to elliptic, toothed or scalloped, mid- to dark green leaves, sometimes red-flushed beneath, and, throughout summer, small, single flowers with red tubes, red, sometimes pale pink or white, wide-spreading sepals, and purple corollas.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Purple, Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Capsid bug , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Rust

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Fuchsia magellanica (Lady's eardrops) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Grow in moist, fertile soil in sun or light shade in shelter. Plant the base of the stem 5cm below the soil surface. In cold areas, provide a deep winter mulch and shelter from cold drying winds. May be taller and semi-evergreen in areas with mild winters

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Fuchsia magellanica (Lady's eardrops)

Common pest name

Fuchsia gall mite

Scientific pest name

Aculops fuchsiae

Type

Mite

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Recently introduced into the UK via the passenger baggage of a specialist plant collector. Now spreading across southern England and Northern France. Regulation may no longer be appropriate; industry management to be considered.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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