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Originating from Chile and Argentina
An upright, arching shrub with single red tubular flowers throughout summer. Its cerise and purple blooms exude exoticism, flowering freely for many months of the year - often up to Christmas in a mild winter, and this variety is extremely hardy. In severe winters it may be cut to the ground but invariably re-emerges bigger, bushier and more floriferous than ever. What's more - it loves shade and provided the soil isn't dry, will add vital colour to a dingy corner. Ever thought of growing it as an edible crop? The purple/black juicy, berry-like fruits are edible, tasting like peppery grapes. You can eat them raw, make jam with them or steep them in vodka…yum! Oh, and bees and other insects love the flowers too. Perhaps it's time to take another look at Fuchsias.
In milder areas it can be grown as a hedge. Good candidate for bonsai.
Grow in moist but well-drained soil in shade/part shade.
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