Fuschia Plant Varieties

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Fuschia Plant Varieties
Fuschias come in a wide spectrum of colours (fuschia image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Originating in South America, the fuschia is grown in gardens all across the world. Ranging in colour from deep purple to shades of blue, red and pink, there are 7,000 varieties. The structure of the fuschia is the same as any other flower. A thin stalk that swells to form the seed case holds its head. This develops into a tube by the four sepals or petals that curl when the flower blooms. This develops into a tube by the four sepals or petals that curl when the flower blooms.

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Fuschia Magellanica

This is a hardy variety that survives winter. It bears many small purple and red flowers in the summer, though the plant will lose all its foliage in the winter. It likes any well-drained soil and partial to full shade. It grows to a height of 98 inches and a width of 78 inches.

Mrs Popple

This variety can be used as a hedge or for a border. It thrives in moist, sandy soil in full sun, partial shade or full shade. It is very hardy and bears single red petals and a purple centre. The plants can grow up to 59 inches tall and 30 inches wide.

Heidi Ann

This is a delicate and small variety that grows well in pots. It has a bushy flower head, which has a cerise coloured seed case and pale pink petals. It grows to a height of 22 inches and has a spread of 28 inches. Heidi Ann is a hybrid from the Tennessee Waltz and General Monk varieties.

Celia Smedley

This is a deciduous vigorous variety that grows upright, bearing green leaves with red veins. It flowers abundantly over the summer months producing rose-pink sepals and bright crimson petals. It grows to a height of 39 inches.

Marinka Basket

This is a tender variety which tolerates full sun, partial shade and shade. It is popular in hanging baskets because it grows long stems of flowers, which trail over the basket or container edge. It can grow to a length of 12 inches and spread 18 inches across. Marinka produces masses of bright red flowers from the beginning of summer to the first frosts in the autumn.


This fuschia bears orange-red flowers through the summer and autumn. It is a vigorous shrub with leaves that are olive-green on top and purple underneath. The plant is deciduous and grows upright to a height of 30 inches and a spread of 20 inches.

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