Fuchsia boliviana. Good for what ails the heart

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Fuchsia berries are very edible. For some reason this fact often surprises people. Granted some are better tasting than others. Some much better. This fact is again not surprising as most fuchsias were bred for their flowers than than…➤ Read More
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Fuchsia cordifolia. Just for a day.

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I know. I know. Fuchsia cordifolia Benth. is really a synonym of Fuchsia splendens Zucc. A couple of botanists got their descriptions crossed and it’s always, “First come, first served”. But it’s the Feast of Saint Valentine today and the old heartleaf fuchsia...➤ Read More
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Charles Darwin and the fuchsia

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Everybody knows Darwin. The man surely needs no introduction. Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was, of course, the great British naturalist, geologist and biologist best known for his seminal and explosive work, On the Origin of Species in 1859...➤ Read More
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Between the years

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Since well before the holiday last week, the weather’s still been pretty mild here. That’s not really all that unusual. In spite of the plunge in November, the really cold snaps usually have the good sense to wait until the New Year’s...➤ Read More
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Bursting into the New Year

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Like a small explosion of fireworks, a panicle of Fuchsia arborescens flowers bursts brightly from the tip of a branch. Wishing everyone a great start to the coming seasons this New Year’s Day, as well as another fabulous 365 days filled with the wonders and promises of nature...➤ Read More
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The indomitable spirit of the fuchsia

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It seems like this winter just won’t end. Snow, snow, freezing polar vortices, and then more snow. Just when I thought we had finally rounded the frozen bend this past week, the temperatures are scheduled to drop...➤ Read More
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For the new year, an old fuchsia. Fuchsia antiqua sp. nov.

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I have some good news to share with ardent fuchsiaphiles everywhere. Other botany and horticulture nuts as well. Heck, with everybody. I’m having a hard time keeping my excitement in check...➤ Read More
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Shuffled Schufia

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Judging from the way botanists usually devise new names, you would think that Section Schufia, one of the twelve into which the genus Fuchsia is divided, was named to honor a famous and eminent botanist by the name of...➤ Read More
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Bracie's fuchsia

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Plant names in botany can often seem alien or inscrutable, as if they landed on Earth on a scrap of paper fallen from the pocket of John Carter of Mars, or hitched a ride from the highest heights of Tibet...➤ Read More
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