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Fuchsia

Fuchsia magellanica

Plant Data

Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Red, 4 petals
 
Hanging tubular flowers with red sepals and purple petals, attractive to many insects, including bees.
Fruit:
Black berries, long-stalked.
Leaves:
Deciduous shrub. Dark green elliptical or ovate leaves, some with serrated margins. Sometimes tinged red.
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The flowers, leaves and berries are all edible. The taste of the berries is very variable. Rich in vitamin C. They are traditionally said to cure depression and heartache.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Earring Flower, Hardy Fuchsia, Hummingbird Fuchsia, Lady's Eardrops.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, wasteland, woodland.