Fuchsia 'Riccartonii'

Hardy fuchsia

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

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photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (31611)

Plant details

Riccartonii' makes a very impressive flowering shrub with a prolific show of small flowers with a dark purple 'skirt' beneath the crimson 'wings' on its mass of twiggy growth. It is a very good choice for those who don't like the showier, blowsier fuchsias with more flamboyant shapes and colours. It can be grown to the back of a large border, or be used as an informal summer hedge or divide, doing best in the West Country and Ireland where it thrives on the high rainfall and high humidity. Though it is fully hardy, the top growth may well get killed off by sharp spring frosts, but new growth quickly shoots up from the base. To keep the shrub to a moderate size, prune it back each spring. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Fuchsia

Cultivar: Riccartonii

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 240cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to take cuttings: July to September

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