A very hardy fuchsia

Fuchsia Riccartonii

Probably the best known and toughest of  the hardy Fuchsias which are now at their best. The name  originated from the garden at Riccarton, nowadays the site of Heriot-Watt University  near Edinburgh.  It is thought to be   a variant of F. magellanica which was introduced from South America  in 1788. This species grows wild near the Straits of Magellan. It flourishes on west  coasts  and especially in  Ireland where it can make  hedges up to 8 ft. high.  Further east and north it is liable to die back in hard winters but in spring fresh shoots sprout  from the base which can grow up to  5 ft. tall in a season.

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