Fuchsia fulgens, Fuchsia

Fuchsia fulgens

Family: Onagraceae
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersEdible plant

It is native to Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, and is naturalized in Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.

Fuchsia fulgens is a large shrub, growing between 5-10 ft in USDA zone 9-11. It prefers full sun or semi-shade spots, and requires regular or moderate water. The most remarkable feature of this plant are its red, crimson or vinous flowers.

Fuchsia fulgens can produce edible fruits, which are packed with nutrients. These fruits are tart and acidic in taste and highly nutritious. They contain dietary fiber, Vitamin C, B6, Iron, Phosphorous, amino acids, riboflavins and carotenoids, which are known to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, boost metabolism, protect against free radical damage, and increase digestion.

Preserving the vital nutrients, Fuchsia fruit can be eaten fresh, candied, canned, juiced, or used as a flavoring. The fruits can be chopped and added to smoothies or fruit salads, or used as a garnish. Fuchsia fruit can also be used to make jam, jelly and syrup.

For cold regions, Fuchsia fulgens can be grown in containers and brought indoors. A temperature range between 40 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit, moderate humidity and intense light is required for optimum growth of the Fuchsia in pots. Water on a regular basis and ensure that the soil is moist, not soggy. It should also be noted that Fuchsia should not be exposed to temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. They should be stored indoors with light and minimal watering.

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