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Fuchsia microphylla - Kunth.                
                 
Common Name
Family Onagraceae
Synonyms
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open places in oak and pine woods in Hidalgo. Mexico, Michoacan and Jalisco Counties[260].
Range Southern N. America - Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Fuchsia microphylla is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It is noted for attracting wildlife.


USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon


Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Fuchsia microphylla


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Habitats       
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; East Wall. By.
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. A juicy berry with a nice flavour, but it is usually rather small[K]. The fruit can be up to 1.5cm in diameter according to one report[200], but this is much larger than we have ever seen it[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in any fertile well-drained circum-neutral soil[200]. Succeeds in a good loam if sand and leafmold are added[1]. Plants grow best in cool summer conditions with good light[260]. A plant at Heligan gardens in Cornwall is thriving and fruiting well in the fairly deep shade of a woodland garden[K]. This species is hardy in many parts of Britain according to some reports[11, 48], though others say that it is best grown in a greenhouse[1]. A plant growing in a sheltered position outside a greenhouse at Oxford Botanical Gardens seems to be hardy there[K]. Since Oxford experiences lots of frosts and usually some snow in the winter, this suggests that it is possible to grow this species in many parts of Britain, especially if grown against a wall[K]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A good bee plant[108]. A polymorphic species, a number of sub-species are recognised[11].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[200] though it can also be sown in the spring[1]. Surface sow the seed in pots in a warm greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out[200]. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long, May/June in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take[78, K]. Overwinter in the greenhouse for the first year and plant out after the last expected frosts. Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[K]. Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[K].
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Author                                         
Kunth.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
11200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

  [K] Ken Fern Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[11]Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
[48]Boullemier. L. The Checklist of Species, Hybrids and Cultivars of the Genus Fuschia.
Merely a list of names and the occasional elaboration.
[78]Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
[108]International Bee Research Association. Garden Plants Valuable to Bees.
The title says it all.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[233]Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants
A concise guide to a wide range of perennials. Lots of cultivation guides, very little on plant uses.
[260]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.

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