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Fuchsia mathewsii

Welcome to the spectacular Fuchsia mathewsii from the Andes mountains in Peru.  Cameras have a hard time capturing its color, but it is a super-intense, fluorescent, bubblegum pink.  It's so intense, the blooms look lit from inside!  This eye-catching bush flowers almost all year with loads of trumpet-shaped blooms.  This is a choice collector's plant that fortunately is easy to grow.  It is very rare, both in the wild and in cultivation.  I don't know anyone else currently offering it.

Fuchsia mathewsii

Fuchsia mathewsii is an evergreen species with an upright growth habit, getting about 5-6 feet tall here in San Francisco.  It blooms most months of the year, with dense clusters of 2 inch flowers at the ends of the branches.  After flowering, it makes red fruits that are edible.  They have a lightly-sweet flavor, making them a nice treat while wandering through the garden!  This is a true species, not a cultivated hybrid.  You might be able to cross-breed it with some related Fuchsia species to create new hybrids.

Fuchsia mathewsii / matthewsii

It comes from mountain cloud forests in Peru, and like most Fuchsias, it prefers mild daytime temperatures and cool nights.  It can tolerate warm days provided that nights are cool.  I don't know if it will thrive if temperatures regularly get above 85 degrees F (29 C) and nights are above 65 degrees F (18 C).  I don't think it can survive temperatures below freezing.  It enjoys filtered sunlight, and should be protected from strong afternoon sun.  It grows well in a pot in well-draining soil that is kept moist, similar to other Fuchsias.  Over about 40-50% humidity is best.  This species is resistant to Fuchsia mites.

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