Fuchsia (Lady's eardrop)
Fuchsia is a genus of more than 100 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees in the family Onagraceae, native to Central America and South America. Fuchsia is greatly appreciated for its highly ornamental, attractive and usually pendent flowers in combinations of red, white, pink and purple. Today, fuchsia is one of the most cultivated ornamental plants in the world.
These plants were discovered at the end of 17th century and named in honor of the famous German botanist Leonhart Fuchs.
Fuchsia is a symbol of elegance, good taste, confiding love and amiability.
Interesting facts about Fuchsia:
While Fuchsia usually grows in the form of shrub, Fuchsia excorticata grows as a tree.
Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, were using blue pollen from the flowers of Fuchsia excorticata as a source of make-up.
Fruit of fuchsia are berries, filled with numerous miniature seed. They are usually consumed in the form of jam.
Word “fuchsia” can be used to describe bright, purple-pink color (purplish-red or purplish-pink), also known as magenta.
Oldest known fuchsia was planted in 1899.