Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae (Hardy Fuchsia)

Debuted in 1929, Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae, commonly referred to as Hardy Fuchsia, presents itself as an exquisitely refined, upright deciduous shrub lauded for its resilience and delicate blossoms. As the spring emerges, the plant unveils small, lance-shaped, dark green leaves adorning the gracefully arching branches. From early summer until the onset of frost, this shrub becomes a canvas for an abundant array of slim, single flowers. These blooms exhibit white sepals and possess pale lilac corollas that evoke a sense of exquisite charm. Both bees and hummingbirds are drawn to its allure, making it a welcoming presence for these pollinators. Its ethereal presence finds a harmonious home within mixed borders.

  • The dimensions of Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae encompass heights and widths of 3 to 5 feet (90-150 cm), cultivating an elegant yet substantial presence.
  • This plant flourishes when exposed to full sun to partial shade. Ideal growing conditions involve moist, fertile, and well-drained soils. Offering it a deep winter mulch and shielding it from harsh, cold, drying winds is advisable.
  • Hardy Fuchsia fits seamlessly as a specimen or as part of small groupings. It’s well-suited for beds, borders, cottage gardens, and coastal landscapes.
  • An annual rejuvenation in early to mid-spring is beneficial, involving pruning back the prior year’s flowering stems to within one or two buds of the older woody framework. This stimulates robust new growth that will go on to produce flowers in late summer. Thinning out any weak, thin, or deceased growth during this time also encourages healthy development.
  • The propagation of this shrub can be achieved through softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • As with any plant, a watchful eye is necessary to address potential concerns. In this case, monitoring for rust, capsid bugs, and caterpillars will help ensure the well-being of the Hardy Fuchsia.
  • Having stood the test of time since its introduction, Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae continues to enchant with its hardiness, delicate blooms, and ability to attract nature’s pollinators.