Fuchsia procumbens, Creeping or Trailing Fuchsia is endemic to the North Island of New Zealand and is the most diminutive of the genus. More of a scrambling ground-covering plant than a climber, it forms a low tangled mass of twigs and tiny leaves and in the spring and summer rewards with its exquisite gem-like flowers. It can however, be trained upwards. The flowers have green sepals which fold back to reveal their black-tipped undersides which surround a golden-yellow flower with stunning blue/purple anthers perched on the ends of the yellow/orange filaments. It is unlike any other Fuchsia you may have grown.
Only half-hardy in the UK it is sensible to protect this beautiful and choice plant with fleece during the winter and certainly during any sustained periods of sub-zero temperatures. Beyond that its requirements are relatively simple: a moist humus-rich soil and partial shade.
|Fuchsia kirkii, Fuchsia prostrata
|Partial shade is best but generally tolerates mild sun in the UK. Prefers a well-drained humus-rich fertile soil. Some fleece protection during winter is sensible particularly in colder more northerly regions
|Half-hardy. Down to about -5C. Best in the south, southwest and coastal areas. Depending on your location, fleece it in winter and certainly during long periods of sub-zero temperatures
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