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The first record of fuchsias was published in 1703 by Father Charles Plumier, a Catholic missionary in Santo Domingo. He called the plant Fuchsia triphylla flore coccinea after a colleague of his, Leonhart Fuchs. 

The first fuchsia to reach England was recorded in the Botanical Magazine in 1789. 

Within a few years, several other fuchsia species were introduced to England, and these were crossed to produce the ancestors of the fuchsias we know today. This process of crossing varieties continued throughout the 1800s with fuchsias reaching the height of their popularity in late Victorian times.

The first World War saw great interest in vegetable growing, and the fuchsia, along with many other decorative plants declined in popularity. In the 1930s, the Americans set to work on fuchsias and this resulted in larger flowers in a larger range of plants.

It wasn't until the mid 1950s that the fuchsia regained popularity in the UK, but this second wave of popularity has remained to the present days.


Fuchsias are one genus of the botanical family Onagraceae, and they are therefore related to other members of the genus such as godetia and evening primrose.

Within the fuchsia genus there are over one hundred separate species - for example Fuchsia fulgens and Fuchsia magellanica.

Within the various species of fuchsia there are many cultivars and varieties. A 'variety' is a naturally occurring plant which is different from others within a species (e.g. Fuchsia regia var. alpestris). A 'cultivar' is the same, but the plant has been 'man made'. The majority of commercially available fuchsia today are cultivars such as 'Display' and 'Riccartonii'.



e.g. fulgens



Cultivars and Varieties