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Fuchsia boliviana, Bolivian Fuchsia

Fuchsia boliviana

Bolivian Fuchsia
Family: Onagraceae
Origin: Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This deciduous woody shrub growing up to 5-10ft tall and wide in semi-shade with regular water. It is native to Central America and has also been naturalized in many temperate and subtropical regions. This plant is widely grown as an ornamental in gardens and pots, and it also attracts many butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. The tubular flowers bloom with its vibrant colors, typically white or off-white corollas and red, crimson, or vinous sepals, are very visible when the plant is in full bloom. Beyond its ornamental uses, Fuchsia boliviana also has edible properties.

Bolivian Fuchsia is a large shrub that is best grown in USDA zones 9-11. It is noted for its showy and often colorful display of flowers that can be red, crimson, or vinous in shade. Highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators, Bolivian Fuchsia is able to produce an edible fruit with a size of 10-26 mm long. The fruits of Bolivian Fuchsia have a red-purple hue that can be used for a variety of culinary purposes, such as jam, preserves, and smoothies. The fruit is also a good source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

In terms of plant care, Bolivian Fuchsia prefers semi-shade and regular watering, especially in warmer regions. When grown in pots, the shrub needs to be kept in an area with adequate sunlight and should be placed in an area with protection from frost in cold regions. Pruning should be done in late winter and spring, right before the new growth starts to appear. Bolivian Fuchsia should be fertilized every two months during the growing period with an all-purpose fertilizer. Regular pest control should also be done to ensure a healthy growth of the shrub.

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