Fuchsia species I think are something that any Fuchsia enthusiast should at least try and gain an interest in. Personally I have only dabbled in the species but am fast discovering they are worthwhile exploring. Whilst you can go down to the garden centre and see Fuchsias or purchase them, you won't normally see species in many places unless you visit their natural environment or indeed grow them yourself having purchased them from a specialist nursery.<
I do not consider myself qualified to give advice on Fuchsia Species or how to grow them as I have only ever grown a few myself, but what I hope to do here is provide some pictures and links to some sources that will give insight into this fascinating world.
The great majority are native to South America, but with a few occurring north through Central America to Mexico, and also a few from New Zealand and I think only one from Tahiti.
What I have done on this page is show some photographs I've taken of species, and at the bottom give some links to resources where you can find more detail.
F. Boliviana Alba - Photograph taken in the Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens
F. Paniculata - Photograph taken in the Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens
F. Encliandra - There are many hybrids of this species (This is Cherry Pop)
How Fuchsias might look in their natural habitat - F. hatschbachii and F. Paniculata
Photograph taken in the Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Onagraceae - Fuchsia Species -
Swedish Society - Species -
Jack and Joan Lamb -
Fuchsia Species Conservation and Research -
Fuchsia Species Conservation and Research - BGCI -
Clay Lane Nursery -
(Some of these files may be quite large and take time to download)
Revision of the Genus Fuchsia - PHILIP A. MUNZ
Professor of Botany, Pomona College - 1943 ( Size 9.67Mb )
This shockwave flash is provided by the University of Wisconsin as part of their Connecting Concepts: Interactive lessons in Biology programme. These Lessons were designed to unify the learning experiences of students across multiple sections in Biology and to increase opportunities for student self-assessment. We have included this particular one here as an extremely informative way of providing the background to the evolution of the Fuchsia.
Click on the forward arrow at the bottom right of the image to proceed
University of Wisconsin lessons