Is the Lambada Fuchsia Hardy?

Updated February 21, 2017

Lambada is a hybrid fuchsia that features a pink calyx tube, which opens to flared sepals. The shorter inner petals are dark purplish-red. It was bred by the Dutch breeder S. Gotz and introduced in 1993. Like most hybrid fuchsias, it is not hardy in cold winter climates.

Parentage and Hardiness

Lambada comes by its frost-tender character naturally. It is a hybrid offspring that resulted from crossings between Fuchsia fulgens, native to Mexico, and Fuchsia magellanica, native to Chile and Argentina.


Lambada is a bush or semi-trailing plant that reaches a height of about 1 foot, with equal spread. Its growth is compact and it produces brightly coloured, pendulous flowers.


The Lambada fuchsia is best planted in either a container or a hanging basket. The plants are partial to moist, relatively cool conditions, but they can survive hot summers as long as the air is not too dry. Light shade is best. Hybrid fuchsias may also be successfully overwintered.

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Elisabeth Ginsburg, a writer with over 20 years' experience, earned an M.A. from Northwestern University and has done advanced study in horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. Her work has been published in the "New York Times," "Christian Science Monitor," "Horticulture Magazine" and other national and regional publications.