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Lady's Eardrops Fuchsia x hybrida

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
FEW-sha BY HYE-brid-a
Description

Fuchsia x hybrids are a cross between Fuchsia magellaniaca Fuchsia coccinea x Fuchsia fulgens x Fuchsia arborescens.  They prefer cooler summer temperatures and slightly acidic soils high in organic matter and retain moisture well.  They do not with stand drought conditions.  They are an annual that can withstand shade so makes a bright pop of color in a dark corner of the landscape or look great in a tropical landscape, or mass planted along a border.  They come in prostrate, upright and drooping varieties.  Upright varieties are often used in containers or drooping ones in hanging baskets.  Plants in containers or baskets will need frequent watering and protection from the wind.

Flowers last from spring to fall but slow greatly in the heat of the summer.  Plants will not survive cold winters so stem cuttings can be taken or whole plants cut back in the fall can be overwintered indoors. These are hybrid plants so offspring propagated by seed will not hold the same traits as the parents.  Can be used as a houseplant but needs bright light, cool room temperatures, and high humidity so you may need to mist it regularly.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Spider mites, whiteflies, and aphids are occasional problems but otherwise fairly trouble free.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Angels Earings'
    white flowers
  • 'Blaze'
    flowers with bright red sepals and vibrant pink petals.
  • 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'
    heat tolerant 2'x2' red-bronze leaves orange red flowers
Tags:
#hummingbirds#tropical#showy flowers#houseplant#container plant#wildlife plant#pink flowers#showy#nectar plant#shade annual#pendulous#colorful#shade flower#hanging baskets#bicolor#summer flowers#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Angels Earings'
    white flowers
  • 'Blaze'
    flowers with bright red sepals and vibrant pink petals.
  • 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'
    heat tolerant 2'x2' red-bronze leaves orange red flowers
Tags:
#hummingbirds#tropical#showy flowers#houseplant#container plant#wildlife plant#pink flowers#showy#nectar plant#shade annual#pendulous#colorful#shade flower#hanging baskets#bicolor#summer flowers#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Fuchsia
    Family:
    Onagraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South America, Mexico
    Distribution:
    Found all over the world
    Wildlife Value:
    Hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar in the flowers.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Prostrate
    Vase
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12b, 12a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Capsule
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    Capsule that opens at the top with many seeds or indehiscent berry or nut.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Drooping tubular flowers that come in many colors or are bicolor and can appear in the leaf axils from mid spring through fall. Flowers can be in a raceme, solitary or a spike, and they may or may not have leafy bracts. There are 4-5 sepals and 4-5 petals that overlap. The flower has the calyx, corolla, and stamens fused around the ovary in a tubular shape.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Mid to dark green simple, opposite to whorled, oval to elliptical, dentate to serrulate leaves, 2"-5” in length. They can have a slightly succulent texture. Red markings may be present on some cultivars.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds